FoxNews.com reports that
Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, praised ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during testimony on Monday before the House Intelligence Committee.
Fox News has learned that Hill, who is testifying before the committee as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump, had high praise for Yovanovitch during the closed-door session.
Yovanovitch, who herself testified before congressional lawmakers last Friday as part of the impeachment probe, was recalled from her ambassadorship in May by Trump, around the same time that Rudy Giuliani — the onetime New York mayor is Trump’s personal attorney and has no official role in the U.S. government — pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate corruption allegations against Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was involved with the board of a gas company there.
The Trump administration and some Republican lawmakers have argued that Yovanovitch’s removal from the job had nothing to do with Trump’s moves to have the Bidens investigated. But The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that she was recalled from Kiev after months of complaints by Giuliani that she’d been “undermining him abroad and obstructing efforts to persuade” Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden.
Trump, in a July 25 phone call with his counterpart in Ukraine, told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Yovanovitch was “bad news,” according to a partial transcript released by the White House. Neither Giuliani nor Trump has publicly specified their objections to her.
Yovanovitch said in her statement Friday that she was abruptly told this spring to depart Ukraine “on the next plane.” She left her post in May and was later told the president had lost confidence in her and had been pressuring State Department officials for many months to remove her, she said.
Democrats leading the investigation said they subpoenaed Yovanovitch on Friday morning after learning late Thursday that the State Department had directed her not to appear. Trump has forbidden all government employees to cooperate; Yovanovitch remains employed by the State Department and is doing a fellowship at Georgetown University.
The House committees investigating Trump have ramped up their efforts to bring in people familiar with the Ukraine actions by Trump and Giuliani. Following Hill’s testimony on Monday, Gordon Sondland, Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union, is poised to appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
This follows the revelation of a cache of text messages from top envoys that provide a vivid account of their work acting as intermediaries around the time Trump urged Zelenskiy to start investigations into a company linked to Hunter Biden.
Sondland is set to tell lawmakers that he did understand the administration was offering Zelenskiy a White House visit in exchange for a public statement committing to investigations Trump wanted, according to the person, who demanded anonymity to discuss remarks not yet given.
But Sondland will say he did not know the company being talked about for an investigation, Burisma, was tied to Hunter Biden. Sondland understood the discussions about combating corruption to be part of a much broader and publicized Trump administration push that was widely shared.
Let’s look at Fiona Hill’s background, shall we?
Perhaps we can find “the ties that bind”.
Having previously served as an intelligence officer under Presidents George W. Bush & Barack Obama from 2006-2009, Hill, in April 2017, was appointed by President Donald Trump as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on his National Security Council staff.
Fiona Hill is on the Board of Trustees of the Eurasia Foundation.
According to sourcewatch.org,
The Eurasia Foundation (EF) is a Washington-based non-profit group that is “supported by the United States Agency for International Development and other public and private donors.”
On its website, the foundation states that “since 1992, the Eurasia Foundation has invested nearly $275 million through more than 7,700 grants and operating programs in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
…The Eurasia Foundation “receives majority funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through multi-year core grants. In 2004, through open competition, the Foundation received two major non-core awards from USAID to implement the Russian Independent Media Support Program and the Uzbekistan Drug Demand Reduction Program.”
In its 2002 Annual report the foundation stated that its ability to attract other funding from corporations, other foundations and institutions. “Until 2002, these multilateral and public-private partnerships were primarily focused on programs in Russia and Ukraine. They are now being expanded in response to new opportunities in other regions. For example, in the Caucasus alone, Norway, Switzerland, the Open Society Institute (George Soros), and the World Bank have provided financial support for a wide variety of grant programs.
According to their website, Eurasia.org…
Our core approach is based on the following guiding principles:
Inclusiveness: EF amplifies the voices of marginalized groups, particularly women, youth, minority populations, and the economically disenfranchised. EF’s programs reach individuals and groups that reside beyond major cities and hubs and lack access to training opportunities, resources, and networks.
Collaboration: EF is committed to building genuine and long-lasting partnerships based on trust and mutual respect. We brainstorm, design, and implement initiatives jointly with our partners on the ground and consistently seek to improve the quality of our work by listening to stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries.
Adaptation: EF adapts its programs to the distinct contexts in which they operate. From addressing barriers to women’s workplace entry to creating platforms for youth participation, we examine individual experiences and use our in-country networks and partners to channel resources that are relevant and useful in the daily lives of our beneficiaries.
Practicality: EF supports the creation of local solutions by building leadership and subject matter expertise within communities. From entrepreneurship to women’s empowerment, EF’s training programs emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, reinforced with practical applications that help participants apply new skills in real-life settings.
…In 1993, EF began operations in the Eurasian countries of the former Soviet Union. A decade later, we expanded to neighboring regions and now operate programs in the Middle East and North Africa, along with China. As we diversify and expand out geographic impact, we continue to foster cooperation based on mutual respect to empower citizens to take responsibility for their own prosperity.
Of course, the Eurasia Foundation Offices are in Washington, D.C.
And as far as Former Ambassador Yovanovich is concerned, she was appointed U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in the final year of Obama’s presidency.
Can you say “Professional Bureaucrat” and “Deep State”, boys and girls?
I knew that you could.
Both these women are a part of the Washingtonian Elite, those who stride through the Halls of Power, unfettered by such concerns as having to work to be reelected, since they were never elected to their positions in the first place.
I performed all of the research above to demonstrate the layers and layers of forces behind the scenes who worked with the Washingtonian Elite to help shape a “Foreign Policy” of nation building and private investments, which is the exact opposite of the “America First!” Foreign Policy of our current President, Donald J. Trump.
The House Democrats are very aware of all these Machiavellian machinations behind the scenes, their time and money, both personal and “on the job” have been tied up in attempting to use Ukraine as a personal revenue producer, just ask the Bidens.
This Soviet-style Dog and Pony Show, which they are euphemistically calling an “Impeachment Inquiry”, even though they are excluding the Republicans from their closed door meetings and interviews, is a way of protecting their investments in the Ukraine and getting rid of “that interloper” President Trump at the same time.
“The ties that bind” the Democrats and Ukraine are a spider’s web of corruption.
This phony “Impeachment Inquiry”is nothing but a diversion to keep Americans from recognizing who the real criminals are.
Until He Comes,