November 22, 2019 | From WND
National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee that members of the Ukrainian government were trying to curry favor with Hillary Clinton in 2016 with the assumption that the former secretary of state was going to win the presidential election.
Hill made the admission, the Daily Caller reported, while discussing a 2017 Politico article alleging Ukrainian officials attempted to sabotage President Donald Trump’s candidacy.
House Republicans have presented evidence of Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election to provide context to the concerns raised by President Trump in his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Hill, asked to respond to a 2017 Politico article reporting Ukrainian officials tried to undermine Trump, acknowledged they “bet on the wrong horse” in 2016 and said inappropriate and disrespectful things about President Trump.
“They bet on Hillary Clinton winning the election. And so, you know, they were trying to curry favor with the Clinton campaign. It’s quite evident here,” Hill said.
She added that Trump never let Ukraine’s behavior affect his attitude toward the country.
“I could list a whole host of ambassadors from allied countries who tweeted out, who had public comments about the president as well. And it did not affect security assistance, having meetings with them. If it would, there would have been a lot of people he wouldn’t have met with,” she said.
The Daily Caller observed that Hill’s testimony seemed to partially contradict her opening statement in which she accused Republicans of creating a “fictional narrative” by suggesting Ukraine had meddled in the election.
In the Politico article, reporter Mike Vogel wrote that Ukrainian government officials “tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office.”
“They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”
(Excerpt from WND.)