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Hill says Soros conspiracy theories are 'new Protocols of the Elders of Zion'
Fiona Hill, a former top Russia analyst for the White House, said during her testimony on Thursday that conspiracy theories linked to billionaire philanthropist George Soros were anti-Semitic, likening them to "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
The comments came after Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) questioned her about conspiracy theories about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a fellow impeachment inquiry witness who is of Ukrainian Jewish descent. The conspiracy theories have been promoted by Infowars's Alex Jones and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted by a federal court last week.
Krishnamoorthi asked Hill if such conspiracy theories are anti-Semitic in nature, to which Hill said she believed the ones involving Soros were, comparing them to the Russian anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which was produced by the czar's secret police in the early 20th century.
"This is the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history, and a trope against Mr. Soros was also created for political purposes, and this is the new Protocols of The Elders of Zion," she added, calling them an "absolute outrage."
The book, Hill noted, is still published to this day.
Hill earlier testified in a closed-door deposition that the conspiracy theories tying her and other diplomats, including former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, to Soros "made me mad."
"When I saw this happening to Ambassador Yovanovitch again, I was furious, because this is, again, just this whipping up of what is frankly an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about George Soros to basically target nonpartisan career officials, and also some political appointees as well, because I just want to say this: This is not indiscriminate in its attacks," she said.
Soros has been a frequent target of conspiracy theorists, including Cesar Sayoc, a Florida man who pleaded guilty to mailing explosive devices to him and several other liberal figures, including Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and actor Robert de Niro.