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Fiona Hill testified before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump.
At the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry session held on Thursday, President Donald Trump's former Russia Adviser Fiona Hill urged lawmakers not to promote the idea that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential elections.
“This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,” said Hill, who until July served as National Security Council's director for European and Russian Affairs.
Some Republican members of the Democratic-led committee have advanced the discredited theory, which has been embraced by Trump and his political allies.
The idea that Ukraine interfered in the elections was one of the issues that Trump urged Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate in a phone call which is at the core of the impeachment effort.
“In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” Hill stated.
Dr. Hill: "Some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia... did not conduct a campaign against our country—and that... for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves." pic.twitter.com/ezVvJYMf3k
The prosecutors are also examining whether Trump’s withholding of US$391 million in security aid to Ukraine was meant to pressure Zelenskiy to conduct the probes.
Democrats sustain that this represents the president’s abusing of power to pressure a vulnerable U.S. ally to dig up dirt on a domestic political rival.
Although, Trump has denied wrongdoing, publicly criticized witnesses and described the impeachment proceedings as a “witch hunt.” His fellow Republicans call the proceedings a “sham.”
Impeachment Witch Hunt is now OVER! Ambassador Sondland asks U.S. President (me): “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas & theories. What do you want? It was a very abrupt conversation. He was not in a good mood. He (the President) just said,”...