Fiona Hill Warns of 'Fictional Narrative' on Ukraine in Impeachment Hearing
Are the public hearings changing your mind about impeachment?
by Countable's Trump Impeachment Coverage | 11.21.19
- Fiona Hill, former senior director for Europe and Russia at the NSC, criticized Republican lawmakers on Thursday for spreading a "fictional narrative" that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that meddled in the 2016 presidential elections.
- "Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country — and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did," Fiona said in her opening statement.
"This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves."
- “In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” Hill said. “These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.”
“If the president, or anyone else, impedes or subverts the national security of the United States in order to further domestic political or personal interests, that is more than worthy of your attention. But we must not let domestic politics stop us from defending ourselves against the foreign powers who truly wish us harm.”
- Hill testified as part of the House's public impeachment hearings against Trump, and was joined by David Holmes, political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
- In his opening statement, Holmes lamented that his embassy's work "became overshadowed by a political agenda being promoted by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a cadre of officials operating with a direct channel to the White House."
- Ahead of the hearings, Trump tweeted about the "human scum" leading the investigations:
Corrupt politician Adam Schiff’s lies are growing by the day. Keep fighting tough, Republicans, you are dealing with human scum who have taken Due Process and all of the Republican Party’s rights away from us during the most unfair hearings in American History......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
- The 30-second recap: On July 25, President Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Vladomyr Zelensky where he asked Zelensky to "do us a favor" and work with Attorney General William Barr and Giuliani to "look into" former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. (Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma.) Trump also asked Zelensky to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Hillary Clinton.
This is an ongoing story and will be updated.
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