Read: Fiona Hill’s Opening Statement As Impeachment Hearings Continue

Dr. Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top Russia aide, testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning where she contended that Republicans were pushing an “alternative narrative” that Ukraine sought to impact the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Hill said she felt like she had to stand up against the Trump administration and Republicans for claiming that Ukraine had any fault in the election.

“I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine — not Russia — attacked us in 2016,” Hill said per Politico. “These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.”

“In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” she added.

Politico adds:

Hill sounded the alarm more broadly about Russia’s aggression in the region, in addition to its ongoing efforts to interfere in U.S. elections and weaken America’s global influence. She argued that Russia has largely achieved its goals.

“The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today,” she said. “Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined.”

Hill, who was the top Russia hand on the National Security Council until July, warned that Moscow’s “ security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election.”

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Hill’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee comes as Democrats are taking what may be their final shot to buttress their case that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine, through Giuliani, to investigate his political rivals.

Hill testified alongside David Holmes, an American diplomat who claimed to have overheard a phone call between Trump and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland. It was this call that Trump “asked about the status of his desired investigations,” Sondland testified on Wednesday.

President Trump pushed back on the claim that Holmes was able to listen in on the call.

“Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I’ve even tried, but to no avail.”

The president also shared a quote from former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr who said there is not enough evidence to impeach him.

Read more of Hill’s opening statement below:



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