Ms. Hill confirmed the colonel’s account, stating several times that she heard Mr. Sondland explicitly mention Mr. Mulvaney. Mr. Sondland’s discussions with Mr. Trump have prompted significant public scrutiny, but much less is known about what conversations, if any, he had with Mr. Mulvaney, who defied a House subpoena to testify himself on Friday.
The conversations could prove significant in understanding why Mr. Sondland came to believe that important parts of the United States-Ukraine relationship were contingent upon the Ukrainians publicly committing to investigations Mr. Trump wanted.
— Danny Hakim and Nicholas Fandos
Bolton called Giuliani a ‘hand grenade’ during a discussion of attacks on the U.S. ambassador in Kiev.
Hill transcript, Page 45: “His reaction was pained. And he basically said — in fact, he directly said: Rudy Giuliani is a hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up. He did make it clear that he didn’t feel that there was anything that he could personally do about this.
Ms. Hill testified that she spoke with her boss, John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, about the unsubstantiated attacks on Marie L. Yovanovitch, the United States ambassador to Ukraine. Ms. Hill later testified that Mr. Bolton had urged her to report another troubling meeting they both took part in related to Ukraine, but in this case, he appeared to wash his hands of what happened to the American ambassador, who was recalled from her post abruptly in May.
— Nicholas Fandos
Ukrainians were aware of what Mr. Trump meant by ‘do us a favor.’
Vindman transcript, Page 228: “It was a demand that the Ukrainians deliver these investigations in order to get what they have been looking for which is the presidential meeting.”
Colonel Vindman told impeachment investigators that there was little ambiguity about what Mr. Trump was conveying on a July 25 call with Ukraine’s president when he asked for a “favor.” Mr. Trump and his allies have defended the call as “perfect” and have regularly pointed to the reconstructed transcript as evidence. Colonel Vindman also told investigators that specific words in the transcript were deliberately omitted from the version shared with the public.
— Eileen Sullivan
Hill said she was the subject of right-wing smears and death threats.
Hill transcript, Page 41: “I had had accusations similar to this being made against me as well. My entire first year of my tenure at the National Security Council was filled with hateful calls, conspiracy theories, which has started again, frankly, as it’s been announced that I’ve been giving this deposition, accusing me of being a Soros mole in the White House, of colluding with all kinds of enemies of the president, and, you know, of various improprieties.”
Ms. Hill, a longtime Russia expert and hawk, said that from the moment she started working on Mr. Trump’s National Security Council in 2017, she was subject to the same kind of “mishmash of conspiracy theories” that targeted Ms. Yovanovitch. She was called an ally of George Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist whose work to promote democracy in Europe and the United States had made him reviled by some on the right, and her loyalty to Mr. Trump was doubted, Ms. Hill testified. At points, she received death threats and calls to her home.