Top Russian expert Fiona Hill drove a stake through the heart of the Trump supporters argument that Ukraine, and not Russia, interfered in our 2016 election.

By |2019-11-21T13:46:44-09:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |42 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, criticized Republicans on Thursday for propagating what she called a “fictional narrative” that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 elections, denouncing a theory embraced by President Trump.

She argued that the story was planted by Russia and dangerously played into Moscow’s hands, by sowing political divisions in the United States that adversaries are eager to exploit.

“These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes,” said Ms. Hill, the co-author of a 500-page book analyzing the psyche of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

“President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a super PAC,” Ms. Hill explained. “They deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives. When we are consumed by partisan rancor, we cannot combat these external forces as they seek to divide us against each another, degrade our institutions, and destroy the faith of the American people in our democracy.

Ms. Hill called the claim about Ukraine’s interference a fake story invented by Russian intelligence services to destabilize the United States and deflect attention from their own culpability.

“In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” Ms. Hill said. “These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.”

I have to admit that the moment I heard Fiona Hill’s British accent I knew that Trump and his Republican defenders were in trouble. 

Not only does she sound extraordinarily competent, she in fact is extraordinarily competent, and her testimony today was devastating to Trump’s defense. 

And as if to back up her claim that this Ukraine fantasy was the work of the Kremlin, we hear this from Vladimir Putin himself.

Courtesy of WaPo:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s pleased that the “political battles” in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.

“Thank God,” he told an economic forum in the Russian capital on Wednesday, “no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine.”

Some Republicans have used the public hearings to tout a discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, not Russia, for interfering in the U.S.’s 2016 presidential election.

So for the slow people and trolls in the audience, what this makes inescapably clear is that this entire attempt to create the narrative that the Ukrainians were the ones who interfered in our 2016 election, and not Russia, is the work of the Kremlin that is now being promoted by the Trump Administration and Trump’s Republican defenders. 

I think that may be the most important takeaway from today’s testimony.

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  1. Beaglemom November 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I think you mean “stake” and not “take” in your headline, Gryphen.

    I watched a good bit of Nicole Wallace’s program today and it was extremely impressive. Not only was Ms. Hill an exemplary fact witness, she showed no fear in the face of the GOP weasels on the committee. The end of the program, however, was discouraging because in the days and weeks to come the GOP and Don the Con’s administration, with the active participation of Putin’s Russia are going to try to distract the American people with conspiracy theories and more outright lies. We were urged to be extremely vigilant about the manipulation and lies that will be coming our way now the the entire GOP has fallen under the Trump/Putin spell. Our future is at stake in real time.

    • Gryphen November 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm


      I remember making a mental note to spell it “stake” instead of “steak,” but I have no idea how I left the “s” off.


  2. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Poor little Nunes’s feelings were hurt by her statement, boo hoo hoo.

    She also disarmed Castor by thanking him for giving her an article about the Ukrainian ambassador saying “mean” things about trump and agreeing that they were inappropriate, but then she went on to point out that other world leaders said “mean” things about trump and he hasn’t withheld aide to their countries..ooops that defense backfired.

    Gym Jordon was his usual, asshole self, asking Holmes a question in a very sarcastic manner and continually interrupting him while he was answering. Obviously he didn’t want him to be able to answer and Mr. Holmes had a slight smile on his fact as though he knew exactly what Gym was doing.

    Then Mike Turner turned this into a contest by beginning his comment with the score is as follows… in response to the agreement that Ambassador Yovanovitch should not have been smeared, also he whined that people were being mean to Stefanik, hardly comparable since Stefanik brought those criticism on herself for LYING.

  3. Anon November 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    FB>”In the classic scifi/horror movie Alien, the climax infamously put Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley into a pair of ridiculously tiny panties and then gave you a good long look. This was done to distract the audience from the ravenous monster hiding just off-screen.
    If Ridley Scott was directing the impeachment, Jim Jordan would be that pair of panties.”<Jim Wright


  4. Alaska November 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Alyse Galvin for Congress 2020
    Independence and integrity are my North Star — a steady light and a beacon bright in the fight for Alaska and the people of our state. That’s why today, I am announcing my comprehensive anti-corruption agenda, a three-part plan to get big money out of politics, hold elected officials accountable to the public, and demand transparency and expose the influence of outside money.

  5. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    So if Nunes was working with Rudy’s criminal Ukrainian buddies, why in the hell is on this committee, why in the hell is he still in the House?

    • Anon November 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      That was another delicious exposure during the riveting hearing today. Perhaps Lev Parnas can testify about Nunes, Giuliani and Trump.

    • Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Because he hasn’t been exposed as the Russian asset he is. Now he has. I wonder if Cow Daddy will resign now that he’s been painted with the same brush as Giuliani, Igor, Parnas and the whole damned lot.

  6. OP November 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    March 9, 2020 is set to be one of the most unpleasant dates in the Kremlin’s diary. On this day, a court in the Hague will start hearing the case against those suspected of shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.


  7. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    The really sad part of all this, is the republicans KNOW trump is endangering our country and national security yet they continue to defend him. If putin manages to get trump re elected, that will be the end of our democracy.

    trump is already threatening republican senators to withhold money for campaigning. the cowards are more interested in their self interest than that of the USA.

    • Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      And there you have it.

    • Anon November 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Trump also endangered other countries.

      • Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        basically he is a threat to the world

  8. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Nunes is linked to Lev Parnas!

    That will sure take the wind out of in his sails.

    “Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018, Parnas’ lawyer Ed MacMahon told The Daily Beast.

    Nunes aide Derek Harvey participated in the meetings, the lawyer said, which were arranged to help Nunes’ investigative work. MacMahon didn’t specify what those investigations entailed.

    Nunes is the top Republican on the House committee handling the impeachment hearings—hearings where Parnas’ name has repeatedly come up.

    Congressional records show Nunes traveled to Europe from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2018. Three of his aides—Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas—traveled with him, per the records. U.S. government funds paid for the group’s four-day trip, which cost just over $63,000.

    The travel came as Nunes, in his role on the House Intelligence Committee, was working to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election-meddling.

    Parnas’ assistance to Nunes’ team has not been previously reported. A spokesperson for Nunes did not respond to requests for comment. ”

    Yeah, I’ll bet they have no comments. They’re scrambling for survival. May this finally be the end of that POS Nunes. I hope his challenger in the next election brings this up over and over if that asshole doesn’t resign before them.

  9. Anonymous in Chicago November 21, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Fiona Hill is awesome and the Republicans are all a bunch of cowards.

    I am of the opinion that the Democrats should keep going with the impeachment hearings. Legally go after Mulvaney, Pompeo, Giuliani & Bolton. The Democrats can take the next step and proceed with “Contempt of Congress”. And don’t forget to add Devin Nunes, doesn’t he have a connection to the indicted Lev Parnas? I think the Dems should also go after the transcripts that are in the “security file”. There is still so much more.

    • Anonymous in Chicago November 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      I forgot to add that I believe the impeachment hearings should continue because today Lindsey Graham, as the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, is officially going after the Biden’s with a Senate Investigation. Graham and the Republicans are hoping to take the narrative away from Trump’s wrongdoings. The Republicans play dirty. The Dems need to keep fighting the good fight.

    • anon November 21, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      Mulvaney – the guy who literally admitted there was a Ukraine quid pro quo – is spouting off about Hill’s strong testimony on Thursday, but his statement is missing one major thing: a denial.

      • Anon November 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

        Mulvaney’s lawyer statement discredits Hill’s testimony as “hearsay” and defends he never met her. That is a top Republican strategy to dismiss each witness testimony in public as hearsay for the court of public opinion who do not follow closely.

        Mulvaney and Trump have publicly spun a Trump defense of excellence and Trump’s personal foreign policy. Giuliani has boasted of his efforts as Trump’s personal attorney. IMO it is an absurd defense with no credibility that first hand witnesses, those who were undermined and foreign policy conflicted to obstructed give testimony that Trump, his personal lawyer and his band of willing participants misrepresented they were engaging in foreign policy. It is a ridiculous defense strategy to deny what they did given the boasting, announcements, Giuliani on Fox for what would destroy the top Democrat candidateor at the least destroy his character, good works as a public servant, achievements and earned reputation of integrity.

  10. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I am trying to be optimistic, we still have the judiciary committee investigation before they write the articles of impeachment.

    the talk is the trial will begin in the senate in January, maybe something big will happen and Moscow Mitch doesn’t get his slam dunk, rigged acquittal.

    I also think the media is doing the country a disservice when they continue to push THEIR talking point that the country doesn’t want impeachment, who exactly are they talking to?

  11. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Another fine example of what idiots the trump supporters are, good job Jimmy Kimmel, thank you for the laugh of the day !!

    Lie Witness News – Trump Watergate Edition

    MAGA’s on the street think Gerald Ford might pardon Trump. And definitely impeachment is a distraction from the Vietnam War. Definitely. (open thread)

  12. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    We didn’t think Miss Lindsey could sink any lower but he has, he is launching a senate investigation into Joe Biden !!!

    • anon November 21, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Graham’s document request suggests he is seeking to legitimize Trump’s accusations that Biden, then vice president, put pressure on Ukraine to fire its lead prosecutor to protect his son, a claim without evidence that has been disputed by officials familiar with the investigation.

      • anon November 21, 2019 at 6:05 pm

        In his two-page letter, Graham asked for a number of call transcripts, notes and communications involving Joe Biden, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, former Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Ukrainian prosecutor and people connected to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

        Nevertheless, Graham made a tenuous connection between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian corruption in his letter. On the same day in 2016 that Ukrainian officials raided the home of Burisma’s founder, Graham wrote, Hunter Biden began following a State Department official on Twitter. Graham suggested that fact indicated that “the two may have initiated conversations regarding Prosecutor General [Viktor] Shokin’s investigation into Burisma.” The date was Feb. 4, 2016.

        In the weeks afterward, Graham wrote, Joe Biden held several phone conversations with then-President Poroshenko to discuss removing Shokin over allegations that he himself was corrupt. The prosecutor was removed on March 29, 2016.

        Graham’s request covers communications between the parties from the day Hunter Biden followed then-Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Twitter to the day of Shokin’s ouster.

        The senator did not specify a deadline for the materials’ delivery.

  13. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    When is “America’s Traitor” Rudy going to be arrested?

  14. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Speaking of Giuliani, Check this out.
    The golden son makes $90K+ doing WHAT?


  15. OK November 21, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Trump’s impeachment defense that the witness is lying because it is impossible to hear another person on the phone without the speakerphone on, which is absurd and not even close to the truth.

    • Anonymous November 22, 2019 at 3:40 am

      the guy from OH also thinks or wants us to believe anytime you use the verb “hear/heard” in a sentence it means hearsay.

  16. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Maybe she can locate trig’s birth certificate?

    • News November 22, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      DNA tests are faster. And more ACCURATE.

  17. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Vindeman’s lawyer sends Fox a letter demanding retraction.

    “A lawyer for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman sent a letter to Fox News on Wednesday demanding the network either retract or issue a correction for a segment of the The Ingraham Angle, in which guest John Yoo, a former top lawyer in the Bush administration, seemed to suggest that Vindman might be guilty of espionage.

    Vindman, who listened to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that forms part of the impeachment probe, testified in House hearings on Tuesday regarding the matter. Vindman is a long-serving military officer whose family fled Soviet Ukraine when he was three years old.

    During the October 28 airing of “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham speculated on Vindman’s motives for testifying.

    “Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine, while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interest,” Ingraham said. “Isn’t that kind of an interesting angle on this story?”

    “I found that astounding,” Yoo responded. “Some people might call that espionage.”

    “LTC Vindman and his family have been forced to examine options, including potentially moving onto a military base, in order to ensure their physical security in the face of threats rooted in the falsehood that Fox News originated,” Vindman’s lawyer David Pressman wrote.”

    There is nothing so low and disgusting as these right wing nutjobs that smear lies and threaten opponents. The real danger of Trump is that he has normalized this. Nothing wrong with sending bombs through the mail as long as they are addressed to democrats, pro-choice, LGBTQ, muslims, or anyone you hate or who opposes your white supremacist dogma. Physical threats are now the norm. Professions of public racism, bigotry, sexism and hate are now perfectly acceptable.

    I hope Vindeman sues their asses and does NOT sign any NDA.

    “Pressman noted that espionage is a crime punishable by death, and that Vindman “had never in his decorated 20-year career of service to his country been accused of having dual loyalties or committing espionage.””

    And you know some uneducated redneck koolaid-drinker is going to take it upon him self to try, convict and execute Vindeman based on these falsehoods.

    I think it’s about time we hammer accusations that anyone that is promoting conspiracy theories, lies or whatever that benefits the Russians (like this Burisma crap) is a RUSSIAN ASSET and hence is putting this nation’s national security at risk. Devin Nunes can go to the front of the line and stand next to Fox News.

  18. Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Oh goodie, guess who some of the republicans are on the House Judiciary Committee: RATcliffe, GYM Jordan, Loius Gohmert and Mark GAETZ, again the finest the republicans have to offer 🙂

    At least Ted Leiu will add some humor

  19. Anonymous November 22, 2019 at 3:43 am

    The whole world is watching and what they saw were republicans yelling at witnesses, not allowing them to answer and then scurrying out of the room. Obviously they could have cared less what the witnesses testified to since they couldn’t be bothered to stick around.

  20. Penelope November 22, 2019 at 6:33 am

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Hill as saying Sondland told her “the president would ‘shut me up.’” The error was due to HuffPost staff mishearing one of Hill’s words. The correct statement from Hill is that Sondland told her he was acting on the president’s orders, “which shut me up,” she said.

  21. Suspicious Mind November 22, 2019 at 6:58 am

    “They’re caught in a trap, they can’t walk out, because they love me too much baby,”

  22. Anonymous November 22, 2019 at 7:23 am

    ” voters have sent GYM Jordan to Congress seven times, despite credible allegations that he helped cover up sex abuse of Ohio State wrestlers by a team doctor. ”

    “GYM Jordan is the ideal bOOtlicker,” – “Trump’s support is all that seems to matter to the man former House Speaker John Boehner regularly referred to as ‘a legislative terrorist’ – along with a whole bunch of other descriptions unfit for print.”

  23. Anon November 22, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned……..

    • Artificial Intelligence November 22, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      Or bank account (s) frozen, triggering a red flag. Don’t you Hate it when that happens.

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