Transcript for Fallout after last impeachment hearing testimony and stark warning
latest on the impeachment showdown as it braces for a likely trial one of the most compelling witnesses yet closed out the hearing. Fiona hill slammed the president's pressure campaign on Ukraine saying she predicted this is going to blow up. Senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce is tracking it all from capitol hill. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, Fiona hill said it was her moral obligation to come before congress and in blunt stock market she detailed how the president and his allies have undercot official foreign policy and warned that they are being driven by conspiracy theories pushed by the Russians. It was a dramatic end here to three days of high stakes hearings. The week's final witness, Fiona hill, a former Russia expert on the national security council came to congress with a stark warning. Some of you on this committee are peer to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps somehow for some reason Ukraine this is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves. I would ask that you please not promote falsehoods to advance Russian interests. Reporter: Trump's personal attorney was selling conspiracy theorys and trump was buying it, she said. Is it your understanding he disregard the advice of his senior officials about this theory and instead listened to Rudy Giuliani's view. That appears to be the case, yes. Reporter: Hill detailed two competing channels of foreign position directly at odds. Republicans pressing her on a tense moment she had with the point man, the eu ambassador, Gordon sondland. I was upset he wasn't fully telling us about all the meetings he was having and said but I'm briefing the president. I'm briefing chief of staff Mulvaney. I'm briefing secretary Pompeo and I've talked to ambassador Bolton. He was being involved in a domestic political errands and we were being involved in national security foreign policy and those two things had just diverged. Reporter: Hill explained how that domestic political errands later turned into a quid pro quo that sondland explained the Ukrainians would only get a coveted meeting with the president if they announced the investigations trump was demanding. Also testifying, David Holmes, an American diplomat in Ukraine. He says he overheard the president himself on a phone call with sondland discussing the Ukraine president. I then heard president trump ask so he's going to do the investigation, ambassador sondland said he's going to do it. I have a clear recollection these were made. Republicans tried to attack his credibility. You provided the greatest piece of evidence that's before us to illustrate the problem with hearsay. Reporter: But hill pushed back. I talked about things I heard with my own earers what we heard, saw and did. And to be of some help to all of you in really making a momentous decision here. Reporter: After more than 30 hours of public hearings the president's allies say the impeachment inquiry is nothing more than a sham. I think the American people see through it. They see that the facts are on the president's side and know this process has been unfair. Reporter: Democrats say the evidence is clear. The president abused his power. There is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law. We are better than that. Reporter: Now while the hearings were wrapping up over at the white house they are trying to keep Republicans in line and strategize what comes next. The president yesterday met with key Republicans including senator Mitt Romney who has been one of his fiercest critics and later white house officials sat down with other Republicans trying to come up with a game plan to tackle what they believe is a near certain trial in the So, Mary, what comes next? It appears the intelligence committee is done and they're not going to call anybody else most likely. This will go to the house judiciary committee. They'll draft up the articles of impeachment after they get a report from the intelligence committee. That goes to the house floor. They're still hoping by the end of the year to vote on impeachment and then comes the senate trial you were talking about so take us inside the talks between the white house and Republicans on how they're thinking about this, how they plan to go forward with the Reporter: Well, George, there does seem to be a little bit of a dispute here. Republicans seem divided over the best strategy particularly when it comes to timing. Some advocating for a short trial perhaps as short as two weeks. The argument there is they're trying to limit the time may also limit the political damage to the president while others are pushing to are a longer, more drawn out process that would give some of these key moderate Republicans a chance to show voters that they are taking this seriously and, George, a longer process could put those senate Democrats in a trick Yoo position, those who are running for president because it could come up against those first early contests. The president is torn between wanting this over and want tock have a full defense mounted by those senators. Okay, Mary, thanks very much.
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