During her testimony, former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill revealed that she had a three-year working relationship with Christopher Steele, the former British spy contracted by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to produce the infamous Steele Dossier, but doubted the accuracy of his dossier, according to a transcript published Friday.
“He was my counterpart when I was the director, the national intelligence officer,” Hill told Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio). “When I had to do liaison meetings with the U.K., he was the person I had to meet with.” Hill said she worked directly with Steele from 2006 to 2009.
Hill’s comments confirmed a Politico profile on Hill from September 30, which described her relationship with Steele. “She had a high opinion of Steele, and thought he was very smart,” a foreign-policy veteran, and one of Hill’s close friends, told Politico.
Hill confirmed that she had met with Steele during the 2016 election, which was included in the Politico story.
“That was prior to the time that I had any knowledge about the dossier,” she stated. “He was constantly trying to drum up business, and he had contacted me because he wanted to see if I could give him a contact to some other individual, who actually I don’t even recall now, who he could approach about some business issues.”
Hill also discussed Steele’s dossier in the testimony, saying that upon reading it, she had had “misgivings and concern that [Steele] could have been played,” because “the Russians would have an ax to grind against him given the job that he had previously.”
“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for him to have been hired to do this,” Hill said of Steele’s contract with Fusion GPS. “I almost fell over when I discovered that he was doing this report.”