Former White House official Fiona Hill will tell Thursday’s impeachment hearing that a “fictional narrative” about Ukraine, driven by partisan politics, distracted President Trump from the real threat that Russia poses to America’s democracy.
Why she matters: Hill, who left last summer as Trump’s top adviser on Russia and Europe, gives House investigators a window into former national security adviser John Bolton’s objections to Trump’s Ukraine activities. In closed testimony last month, Hill said Bolton called Rudy Giuliani a “hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up.”
In a brief opening statement, Hill will emphasize that she believes it is her patriotic duty to answer the House Intelligence Committee’s questions about what she saw and what she knows, according to a source familiar with her testimony.
Wow from Fiona Hill: “Based on questions & statements I have heard, some of you on this cmte appear to believe that Russia & its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country & that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative.”
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 21, 2019
NEWS: Fiona Hill will tell Congress that domestic partisan politics have driven a “fictional alternative narrative” about Ukraine that is “misguided” and wrong, a source familiar tells NBC. Hill will also warn about the threat to the democracy posed by Moscow. h/t @JoshNBCNews
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 21, 2019
Fiona Hill to again explain to Intelligence Committee that members of the Intelligence Committee repeating Russian propaganda is bad for the U.S., that Russia is not America’s ally, that Russia interfered in 2016 election, that Ukraine did not interfere. https://t.co/5xKY7J71XL
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) November 21, 2019