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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Fiona Hill, a former top White House adviser on Russia, revealed to congressional investigators on Monday that President Donald Trump conducted policy toward Ukraine for his personal benefit, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

She reportedly said that the president used his attorney Rudy Giuliani to a “run shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvented U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit” himself.

Hill testified for about ten hours on Monday as the impeachment inquiry continued apace. More former and current officials are scheduled to testify in the weeks to come.

The reports about Hill’s testimony confirm what is publicly known about Trump and Giuliani’s efforts to induce Ukraine to, among other things, investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in exchange for support from the U.S. But they also strengthen the case that the concerns about Trump’s conduct, viewed by many as impeachable on its face, are not some drummed up excuse to impeach the president — in fact, they reflect fears and objections that existed within the administration itself before the full story was exposed.

IMAGE: Screenshot of Fiona Hill.

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Former President Trump at Palm Beach International Airport

Screenshot from Dan Scavino Jr.'s Archived Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

A new story out of Politico reports that officials in Palm Beach, Florida, have been making "contingency plans" just in case the twice impeached former president Donald Trump is indicted on one of the myriad possible charges being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. One of the issues facing officials is a seldom used Florida statute that gives the state's governor the power to intervene in any extradition of Florida residents to other states in the union. It isn't clear what these "contingency" plans consist of; is it making sure Trump is justifiably extradited if the request is made, or how they might prolong his stay in Florida in defiance of the law?

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