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Fiona Hill blasts Rudy Giuliani for blurting out ‘incendiary remarks’ on TV that came ‘back to haunt us’

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Former National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified to Congress Thursday that what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine was dangerous to the United States and that she knew there would be consequences.

Staff counsel Daniel Goldman asked about who was involved in the conspiracy theories surrounding Ukraine. He asked about what John Bolton was saying about Giuliani and his “interest” in Ukraine.

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“It was part of a conversation about the things that Mr. Giuliani was saying quite frequently in public,” Hill said. “We saw them often or saw him often on television making these statements and I had also already brought to Ambassador Bolton’s attention, the attacks, smear campaign against Ambassador [Marie] Yovanovitch and expressed great regret about how this was unfolding and, in fact, the shameful way in which Ambassador Yovanovitch was being smeared and attacked and I asked if there was anything we could do about it.”

She explained that Bolton looked “pained” and that his body language indicated there was nothing he could do about it. The assumption was that Giuliani’s actions were being coordinated at a much higher level than even Bolton.

“He said that Rudy Giuliani was a hand grenade that was going to blow everybody up,” Hill said.

“Did you understand what he meant by that?” Goldman asked.

“I did actually,” she said. Noting that it meant “what Mr. Giuliani was saying was explosive in any case, he was frequently on television, making quite incendiary remarks about everyone and was pushing views that would come back to haunt us. In fact, I think that’s where we are today.”

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Teen admits attempted murder of French boy at London gallery

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A British teenager on Friday pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a six-year-old French boy, who was thrown from the 10th floor viewing platform of London's Tate Modern art gallery.

Jonty Bravery, 18, admitted the charge during a hearing at the Central Criminal Court. He was remanded in custody pending psychiatric reports and sentencing on February 17.

The young boy suffered a broken spine, legs and arm in the attack, which happened in front of horrified visitors to the riverside contemporary art gallery on August 4.

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Here are 9 things you absolutely need to know about the 2020 Democratic primary race

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If you’re a political junkie who’s been watching every twist and turn in the Democratic primary race since the day after the 2018 midterm results came–and if those in your social media circle are the same way–you’ve probably grown weary of the drawn-out campaign and wish people would start voting already. But keep in mind that many less engaged voters are just now beginning to tune in. Historically, early-state primary polls have only begun to have predictive value after Thanksgiving. That make sense when you consider that most people don’t pick out their Halloween costumes in May or June.

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Trump in 2014 fantasized about Obama falling apart emotionally if he got impeached: ‘He’d be a mess!’

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President Donald Trump has been angrily obsessing over House impeachment hearings -- just like he imagined former President Barack Obama would do if Republicans impeached him back in 2014.

Media Matters this week dug up an old "Fox & Friends" interview with Trump in which he mused over whether Obama secretly wanted to be impeached to boost his poll numbers, similar to what happened with former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

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