Dr. Fiona Hill, a former member of the National Security Council, wrote in her planned opening statements for her public deposition on Thursday before the House impeachment inquiry that some members of the panel need to stop propagating an errant conspiracy theory regarding Ukraine and the 2016 elections.
Hill, in her opening statement, planned to remind lawmakers that she’s a “nonpartisan foreign policy expert, who has served under three different Republican and Democratic presidents,” Politico reported.
“I have no interest in advancing the outcome of your inquiry in any particular direction, except toward the truth,” Hill said in her statement.
Nevertheless, Hill hounded on certain lawmakers, without calling them out personally or which political party they belong to, for dismissing the final conclusions of intelligence agencies.
“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,” Hill stated. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
Hill also reminded lawmakers that the United States has a vested interest in helping Ukraine. “As Republicans and Democrats have agreed for decades, Ukraine is a valued partner of the United States, and it plays an important role in our national security,” she wrote.
Fiona Hill isn’t here to play around, apparently pic.twitter.com/SYpk3VXBFJ
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Hill stated that she refuses “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.”
On a number of occasions, Republicans sitting in on the impeachment hearings have promoted the false Ukraine conspiracy theory. Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, for instance, brough the issue up with former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, asking her during her deposition if she could spell out the “full extent of Ukraine’s election meddling against the Trump campaign” for him, The Week reported.