Thursday, November 21
WH/NSC: Fiona Hill, Fiona Hill, Former Senior Director for Europe and Russia
State/FSO David Holmes, Political Counselor, US Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 21, 2019
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 21, 2019
Posted: Nov 12, 2019
Updated: Nov 16, 2019
Updated, November 18, 2019
Mr. Mitman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. He previously served as Principal Officer in U.S. Consulates General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Erbil, Iraq; and Basrah, Iraq. Mr. Mitman was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia. This will be his third detail to the National Security Council, having earlier served as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room and as Director for Iraq. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mitman taught as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Ball State University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College and earned an A.B. from Wabash College.
According to his opening statement, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Ukraine expert at the NSC has been in the U.S. Army for more than two decades. As an infantry officer, he served multiple overseas tours, including South Korea and Germany, and a deployment to Iraq for combat operations. He was wounded in an IED attack in Iraq, and was awarded a Purple Heart.
Since 2008, he has been a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Eurasia. He previously served at the United States’ embassies in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. He also served as a politico-military affairs officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs . In July 2018, he joined the National Security Council.
"I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine," Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman said in his opening statement. https://t.co/Pl9R9koTc1
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) October 29, 2019
In opening statement for tomorrow, NSC member Alexander Vidman to testify that Sondland pushed Ukraine leaders to make specific promises on Biden/Burisma before Bolton cut mtg short then went further in debrief before Vindman called him out. Later reported to NSC lawyers. pic.twitter.com/Mz73QMfoHw
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) October 29, 2019
Sondland is in deep, deep legal trouble.
On the left: Lieutenant Colonel Vindman's opening statement (corroborated by Fiona Hill's and Bill Taylor's testimony).
On the right: Sondland's opening statement.
18 USC 1001 pic.twitter.com/rLgqx8hXiW
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) October 29, 2019
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the July 25 telephone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.https://t.co/fbZc3Dwbzr
— VoteVets (@votevets) October 29, 2019
Bonjour please find the unroll here: Thread by @sam_vinograd: "1. I imagine the National Security Council (NSC) structure and purpose is not well known to many, nor is the role of a " […]" #LEGAL https://t.co/eljimZjDra
Talk to you soon. 🤖
— Thread Reader App (@threadreaderapp) October 29, 2019
One person in the room during Hill’s testimony initially said Bolton mentioned Rudy in the quote, but two others have now said he cited Sondland: “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up."
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 15, 2019
Hill went on to testify about what she described as a rogue operation carried out by U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – something that Bolton characterized as being like a “drug deal.” https://t.co/g4q8pt5kvY
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 15, 2019
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) October 14, 2019
Yesterday’s letter from Fiona Hill’s lawyer to WH lawyers, pushing back on their executive privilege claims, may reveal the tenor of her testimony today: “The deliberative process privilege disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred.” pic.twitter.com/zJPptlFJRH
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) October 15, 2019
It appears the WH and lawyers for Fiona Hill had a full back-and-forth about potential privilege issues with her testimony in the run-up to today.
Here's the WH letter warning Hill not to disclose classified or privileged information. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/VyVCkkJHYw
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) October 15, 2019
Also new from me @dlippman @caitlinoprysko: Trump appointed O'Brien as National Security Adviser despite his closeness with Bolton and after a “hard" lobbying campaign from Mike Pompeo. Jared was instrumental in pushing him, too. https://t.co/4a5hAf1jjn
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) September 18, 2019
Our early take on Robert O'Brien. Very much not Bolton, Pompeo-approved, a traditional foreign policy hawk, a Mormon, who is entirely obsequious (or at least Trump thinks he is).https://t.co/jTVb8fMAEo
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) September 18, 2019
"Greatest hostage negotiator": In Robert O’Brien, Trump hires another top official with a history of pro-Trump hyperbole https://t.co/cdLPC4kave
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 18, 2019
Thank you to the great team at @usembassyjlm for your support this week. I was honored to speak about @realDonaldTrump’s successful hostage recovery record & policies at the @ICT_org conference. pic.twitter.com/WIhjZyInZq
— U.S. Special Presidential Envoy O’Brien (@StateSPEHA) September 10, 2019
I have learned one thing so far about the new national security adviser, Robert O’Brien. He has correctly assessed President Trump’s desire for flattery.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 18, 2019
Robert O’Brien, the U.S. envoy for hostage affairs, met with Trump for the NSA post, and the president “likes the look of him,” says one official, a key condition for many Trump appointments. https://t.co/QRlR3DmsbC
— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) September 13, 2019
Trump liked that Robert O'Brien was effusive in his praise. Speaking to reporters on AF1 yesterday, Trump said: "Robert O'Brien said, 'Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator in history.' He happens to be right." He named him national security adviser a day later.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 18, 2019
I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Pres says @SecPompeo won't take on additional job of National Security Advisor. In Q&A with press before leaving WH for House GOP Conference in Baltimore, Pres Trump says Pompeo likes the idea of a separate NSA. Says there are now 15 candidates for the job to succeed Bolton.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 12, 2019
Nice to see folks @politico like @QuintForgey & @nahaltoosi trying to figure out whether it’s actually a good idea to make Mike Pompeo both Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. Happy to help and tell them it is not. https://t.co/kaenT3pDRE
— John A Gans Jr (@johngansjr) September 12, 2019
Pompeo has become a singular force inside Trump’s factional foreign policy circle, the victor in his cage match with Bolton and the one true survivor as every other original member of the national security team has been cast aside or fled. @SangerNYT https://t.co/iLEcNYgK13
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 12, 2019
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) September 12, 2019
Pompeo was considered by many to be de facto defense secretary during the recent transition. As ex-CIA director, he keeps a foothold in national security: unlike his predecessors at State, Pompeo is a regular part of the president’s intel briefing. https://t.co/Yzi6YshbAe
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) September 12, 2019
Our latest tonight: Administration officials discuss double-tapping Pompeo for national security adviser. Unclear what Trump thinks. Today he said there were 5 people who really want to job. w/ @JDiamond1 @Kevinliptakcnn @ZcohenCNN https://t.co/lIHOtJv46l
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) September 12, 2019
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
Ambassador Bolton to me just now: “I will have my say in due course. But I have given you the facts on the resignation. My sole concern is US national security.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 10, 2019
— Matt Davies (@MatttDavies) September 10, 2019
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) September 10, 2019
“Mr. Bolton persuaded Mr. Trump he didn’t need the National Security Council to make decisions; it is no surprise that the president eventually felt confident deciding he did not need a national security adviser, either.” https://t.co/C6u5dukjpt
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) September 10, 2019
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 10, 2019
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton's departure from a White House in chaos promises to further destabilize a foreign-policy team in disarray, just ahead of the big United Nations General Assembly in New York. https://t.co/L7tRtOBhKf
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 10, 2019
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) September 12, 2019