Fiona Hill, the former White House national security official who testified against former President Trump during his first impeachment, says that the prospect of Trump running for election again in 2024 represents a threat to the country and the Constitution.
In an interview with The Hill, Hill accused her former boss of staging a “slow-moving coup” and said that if he were to win election again, his victory would be built “on the back of a big lie.”
“He could win again. And it will be — if he does, it will be on the back of a big lie and on an awful lot of efforts to suppress the vote and the turnout,” said Hill. “And, you know, I’m sure that any election or electoral count that doesn’t go his way is challenged.”
“Just one constitutional crisis after another,” she continued. “I mean, we’re in for a wild ride. We’re already in it. The slow-moving coup, you know, didn’t really culminate in Jan. 6. I just see this as an episode in one long continuum. It’s just a different kind of coup now because he’s technically out of office but, in his view, he’s not out of power.”
Hill, who served as senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council under Trump, says she doesn’t have regrets about her decision to go to work for the former president in 2017, beyond wishing she did her “homework” on the individuals who surrounded him.
She says she was driven to work in the White House because of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“It was a return to public service. It wasn’t something I was seeking out, but I felt really strongly I needed to do something,” Hill said. “It’s like your house is on fire.”
“And look, it came at great personal cost,” she continued. “I didn’t do this lightly. And I have people who still don’t speak to me and still write me nasty grams about doing it. But I thought it was worth doing, and I still do.”