On Thursday, Fiona Hill, the British-born US national security expert faced more than five hours close questioning. During the inquiry, she was asked heated questions by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee but she maintained her cool emerging as the latest star of the congressional impeachment inquiry.
Fiona Hill resigned in July after serving as the White House’s top expert on Russia and Europe for 2 – 1/2 years. She calmly absorbed criticism from the Republican committee members and at times making the chamber’s audience laugh.
Representative Brad Wenstrup, an ardent defender of President Donald Trump gave a speech scolding her for her opening statement faulting those who push a false narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, sought to meddle in the 2016 election.
Hill replied asking, “Can I actually say something?”
Hill observed that Wenstrup was the third congressman in a row who had used up their allotted five minute question period without asking her a question during the proceedings. However, the final public hearing scheduled by Democratic lawmakers leading the historic inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine dealings.
The matter is being investigated by the lawmakers, whether Trump asked Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden in return for a White House meeting or the release of US security aid.
Democratic Representative Jackie Speier then asked Hill about a story that is often cited her profiles that is when is she was a girl, a boy set her hair on fire during a test. She extinguished the fire with her bare hands and finished the test which reveals her strength of character.
“It is a true story…It’s one of the stories I occasionally tell because it had some very unfortunate consequences. Afterwards, my mother gave me a bowl haircut,” she said, to laughter in the hearing room.
“So for the school photograph later that week, I looked like Richard the Third.”
The 54-year-old Hill has decades of expertise in Russia and Europe. Under Republican President George W Bush and Democrat Barack Obama, she was an intelligence analyst from 2006 and 2009. In 2017, she joined the Trump administration.
Hill emphasized that she had come to testify to the committee without an agenda to describe what truly happened.
Hill stressed that she had come to testify to the committee without an agenda, to describe what had happened. “I have no interest in advancing the outcome of your inquiry in any particular direction, except toward the truth,” she said.
“I had not put my finger on that at the moment, but I was irritated with him and angry with him that he wasn’t fully coordinating. And I did say to him, ‘Ambassador Sondland, Gordon, I think this is also going to blow up,'” she said.