John Solomon goes off on Fiona Hill’s testimony implying his Ukraine reports were ‘Russian propaganda’

(Video screenshots from PBS/CBN)

Veteran investigative reporter John Solomon reacted angrily Thursday after the White House’s former top Russia analyst, Fiona Hill, accused him of being a fake news merchant.

In claims that have since been amplified by the partisan media, Hill alleged that his reporting on Ukraine’s corruption — namely that figures within its government sought to interfere in the  2016 U.S. presidential election — is a “fictional narrative.”

She further accused him of helping Russia perpetrate a disinformation campaign against the American people. It’s unclear whether Hill is aware of the Russian-linked Steele dossier that was used by the FBI to spy on President Donald Trump and used by the Democrats to likewise smear him.

Regardless, her allegations irked Solomon, who responded first on Twitter and then later via a more formal statement.

See his initial response below:

He also linked to a story by The Epoch Times, an independent media outlet that’s confirmed much of his reporting.

Speaking later Thursday evening on Fox News, he argued that, despite assertions from Hill and other dubious figures, his facts remain undisputed.

Every fact that I have is out for people to see. Nobody in these hearings today could cite a specific fact. … Every fact that I’ve ever reported is online,” he said.

Solomon further pushed back on the smear that reporting certain facts makes him an unreliable partisan hack. For instance, when then-Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko accused then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch of giving him a list of people to not prosecute, Solomon accurately reported it in a piece for The Hill.

But because Lutsenko later allegedly retracted this statement, Democrats and their media allies have smeared Solomon for having reported his original claim. This despite there being literal video evidence proving that Lutsenko did, in fact, utter those remarks:

(Source: The Hill)

When asked Thursday evening by FNC host Martha MacCallum about why he believes the media keep smearing him, Solomon replied that it may be because President Donald Trump and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., are fans of his work.

“I’m probably being punished a lot because the president’s mentioned me and likes my reporting,” he said. “But I don’t report because it makes the president happy; I report because I think truth needs to get out there.”

He continued by outlining his career history.

“You take a look at my career, all throughout my career I’ve reported against the grain,” he said. “When people were saying we were sucker-punched at 9/11, I showed that the government failed to connect the dots. When people were saying there was a Russian collusion hoax, I showed it was a Russian misinformation thing.”

“You heard Fiona Hill say for the first time that Christopher Steele’s dossier was Russian disinformation? That started with my reporting! I believe in the test of time. When people look at these facts six months from now, we’re going to get the truth.”

Apparently, Hill was indeed aware of the dossier. What remains unclear is why she’s never spoken out about how congressional Democrats and the media used the dossier to smear the president of the United States and target him with investigations and more.

MacCallum then turned the discussion to Hill’s allegations regarding Solomon’s “disinformation” and his discussions with Lutsenko. According to Hill and her allies, Lutsenko is a bad guy, and Solomon’s association with him, therefore, makes him bad as well. The veteran journalist sharply disagreed with this line of thinking.

“Yuriy Lutsenko was a political prisoner under the Russian regime… Our state department tried to get him free,” he said. “When he was named prosecutor general, we applauded him. [Then-Vice President] Joe Biden called him a solid guy. Now all of a sudden, because he took on the ambassador, all of a sudden he’s a bad guy after we applauded him for all these years!?”

As the discussion approached its conclusion, Solomon also pushed back on the claim that Lutsenko has retracted his remarks about former Ambassador Yovanovitch and that she never provided him with a list of people to not prosecute.

“The message was clear: Don’t touch these people,” he said. “And the State Department confirms they delivered that message. How can this be such a big factual dispute? Now we’re debating the word list. She delivered the message.”

Listen to the whole discussion below:

(Source: Fox News)

The segment ended with Solomon arguing that he’s being treated no differently than the victims of McCarthyism.

“They smeared me, just like Joe McCarthy smeared people,” he said.


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