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Impeachment witness slams GOP for pushing 'fictional' Ukraine theory

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Published on November 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Impeachment witness slams GOP for pushing 'fictional' Ukraine theory

A former White House official decried lawmakers at an impeachment hearing for suggesting that Ukraine, rather that Russia, sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Impeachment witness slams GOP for pushing 'fictional' Ukraine theory

"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," said Dr. Fiona Hill in her opening statement.

Hill is an expert on Russia who served on the National Security Council.

Democratic lawmakers leading an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump believe Hill can testify about what she previously called a "shadow foreign policy" with regard to Ukraine.

In closed door testimony, Hill described efforts by certain officials to press Ukraine's leader to open up investigations into one of Trump's Democratic Party rivals, and an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine tried to harm Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Republicans have used the hearings to push the idea that Trump was rightly suspicious of Ukraine, given the conspiracy theories pushed by some of his closest advisers including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Hill said these theories play right into the hands of Moscow, which weaponizes such disinformation to destabilize and divide its opponents.

"President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a Super PAC," Hill said.

She continued, "they deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives.

When we are consumed by partisan rancor, we cannot combat these external forces as they seek to divide us against each another, degrade our institutions, and destroy the faith of the American people in our democracy."

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