Most Americans became aware of Fiona Hill thanks to her compelling testimony during Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. Composed and unwilling to suffer any Republican fools, the former National Security Council official delivered her answers in a straightforward manner that made people sit up and pay attention, mainly due to her Northeastern England working-class accent.
Hill’s testimony made her a target for the right-wing, but she remained steadfast while being questioned. Now Hill has captured that time in a new book, There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century
Hill testified about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into helping the effort to dig up dirt about then-candidate Joe Biden. Trump called Hill’s testimony at his impeachment trial “a total con job.” even though he conceded she sat in on top-level meetings in the Oval Office.
Fiona Hill: “What (The Kremlin) would get out of another Trump presidency is more of the same. More division, more chaos, more weakening of the United States and the bonds among Americans. And that’s why I say (his first term) was a mistake." pic.twitter.com/pqmygf63RG
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) October 5, 2021
While Hill spends very little time on her White House experience in her memoir, she does share a few anecdotes, such as when the former president mistook her for a secretary and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus referred to her as “the Russia bitch.” In response to the book, Trump emailed an angry statement to supporters this week calling her “a Deep State stiff with a nice accent.” Trump of course framed Hill with his typical misogynist language, saying he “hardly knew” the British-born Hill and accused the one-time star impeachment witness of being “terrible at her job.”
Trump is terrified by strong women. Women calling him out enrages him. Fiona Hill attended dozens of engagements with Trump and knows of what she speaks. Trump was a disaster and his own worst enemy. The women of America will not let him back into public office. #HereRightMatters pic.twitter.com/KI3fSDn9I6
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) October 7, 2021
Hill writes that she remains “deeply concerned” about American democracy after seeing firsthand how Trump sought to bend institutions to his will. But she doesn’t believe he has ever been a Russian agent, saying Trump is “too self-centered” to let himself be anyone’s puppet.
"The fact that the United States was propagating lies and conspiracy theories for me is incredibly shocking. I came here in 1989 as an immigrant…I never thought I would see this in the States. This is not the United States that I came to" – Fiona Hill w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/DdjO2EKQMC
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) October 7, 2021
Watch Fiona Hill’s appearance on Friday’s episode of “The 11th Hour”, below.