READ: Fiona Hill Goes After ‘Fictional’ GOP Ukraine Meddling Conspiracy Theory

Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff, leaves after reviewing transcripts of her deposition with the House Intelligence,... Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff, leaves after reviewing transcripts of her deposition with the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees at the US Capitol on November 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. - A White House lawyer suspected of involvement in the Ukraine scandal refused to testify Monday in the congressional impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, as three other witnesses were also no-shows. John Eisenberg, Trump's deputy counsel for National Security Affairs, defied a summons to appear before the three House panels conducting the investigation, a sign of renewed stonewalling by the White House as Democrats press to take the inquiry into a new public phase. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 21, 2019 8:18 a.m.

In her opening statement, former NSC senior director Fiona Hill plans to dismantle Republicans’ bogus conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election on Democrats’ behalf, calling it “fictional” and “harmful.”

“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,” she will say at her hearing Thursday. “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,” she added, sounding the alarm on Russia’s plans to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections as well.

Read her opening statement here:

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