North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center r.), his wife, Ri Sol-ju, (center l.), and high ranking officials visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the second anniversary of the death of Kim's father, former leader Kim Jong-il, in Pyongyang, North Korea…
Dr. Fiona Hill, a former U.S. national security official who testified against former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial, is expressing concern about the possibility of a Trump re-election and what it could mean for the United States.
Speaking with The Hill, Hill offered her take on Trump's actions to overturn the 2020 presidential election, describing it as a "slow-moving coup." She also noted that if he were to win again, it would "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 worked as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the Trump administration's National Security Council, recalled her time working for the former president. While she doesn't regret being part of the Trump administration, she does wish she had done more research before taking the position. But Hill insists she had a legitimate reason for working in the Trump White House.
"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."
Now, Hill has joined the number of former Trump administration officials who have books with incriminating details about his turbulent four years in office. Hill's book, "There Is Nothing for You Here," details her earlier years in the U.K. and her time working for the Trump White House.
After previously working for the National Intelligence Council under both the Bush and Obama administrations, Hill outlined how the Trump administration differed from previous presidential cabinets.
"The Trump administration was not a Republican administration. It was just so dramatically different from the administration around George W. Bush," she said.
"There is no continuity there. Trump is not a Republican, he's just one of these one-off characters," Hill added. "He's not part of the party. He hijacked the party."
CNN reporter Jim Sciutto revealed Wednesday morning that Republican leaders said they're telling members to vote "no" in holding Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with the Jan. 6 House Select Committee subpoena. The decision is a mistake, according to the network's legal analyst Elliot Williams.
While Williams confessed that the partisan behavior is "predictable," he said that the GOP members will likely return to the majority and at that point, they won't be able to enforce their own subpoenas, which they'll likely aim to use to bring down President Joe Biden
"Congress is made up mostly of two bickering political parties, but it's a collective that has the legal power to compel testimony," tweeted Williams. "Stuff like this makes it easier down the road for future witnesses to just say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and ignore it when they get a subpoena. 'New defendant. Who dis?'"
Responses to Williams, however, asked why he thinks Republicans will play by the rules when they become the majority. The GOP is facing allegations of hypocrisy around the debt ceiling, which they voted to raise three times under former President Donald Trump. Now that President Joe Biden is in the White House, they're refusing to do the same.
At the same time, Republicans are suddenly concerned about the national debt, despite passing the GOP tax cut bill for corporations that the CBO said would add $1.9 trillion to the U.S. deficit over 10 years. Similarly, Republicans blocked hearings for a Supreme Court nominee for nearly a year because Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) didn't want former President Barack Obama to be able to appoint a replacement for a conservative justice. When the same thing happened in Trump's administration, Republicans fast-tracked their nominee to ensure the vacancy was filled within weeks. McConnell then said if the same thing happened again, he would do exactly the same thing to Biden in 2024.
Charlotte family in shock after conservative neighbor targets them with Nazi sign – then gives ‘wild excuse’ to cops
A North Carolina man found a sign denouncing him as a Nazi after he placed a "Black Lives Matter" flag outside his home.
The Arsley man, who asked to remain anonymous in media accounts, said his doorbell camera recorded video of a neighbor placing the sign in his yard Saturday around noon that read, "Seig heil DNC Nazi voter lives here," after the homeowner displayed an "In This House We Believe" flag, reported WCCB-TV.
"Science is real, Black lives matter, no human is illegal, women's rights are human rights, love is love," the man said, "and that's what it says on it."
"Really, we're lost for words," the man added. "When I showed her the video that night, I was like, can you believe this is happening? We both didn't know what to say, we were baffled the rest of the night. My wife is handicapped and Jewish, and she don't even want me to leave the house now."
The man called the police on Sunday, and he said the neighbor approached and lied about what had happened.
"He came out and talked with the cop a little bit, where he came up with this wild excuse of saying that his banner had got tore up and he saw the person who did it, and he thought it was perhaps my house," the man said.
But he said the neighbor's banner remains intact, and he said the other man has his own doorbell camera that would have recorded any evidence of tampering.
"It's a little scary just in that there's somebody living a couple houses down that has this weird view," the man said.
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