Fiona Hill blasts ‘fictional narrative’ that Ukraine interfered in elections

Hill delivered her opening statement at the House impeachment hearings Thursday.
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Transcript for Fiona Hill blasts ‘fictional narrative’ that Ukraine interfered in elections
I appreciate the importance of congress' impeachment inquiry. And I'm appearing today as a fox witness. As I did during my deposition on October 14. An artist I'm CEO questions about what's iso. What I days or so I knew or must I know with regard to the subject city our inquiry. I believe that those who have information that the congress deems relevant of illegal arms a moral obligation to provide it. I take great pride in the fact that I'm a non policies on foreign policy experts. It was served under three Republican and democratic president. I have no interest in on bouncing outcome of your inquiry and any particular direction acceptable to chase. I will not provide a long not assist Evan because I believe that the interest of congress on the American people is best served by about allowing you trust me you'll questions. I'm happy to expound upon my October 14 deposition testimony and response show questions today. But before I do so I'd like to communicate to things. First I'd like to show a little bit about who I am. I'm an American by choice and become a citizen 2002. I was Bowman northeast of England and the same region that George Washington's obsessed as canned from. Both my region might finally have deep ties to United States. My paternal grandfather fought two world Volvo on in the royal field artillery. Surviving being shot shells arms gusts befallen American troops intervened to and double in 1918. Sharing the second will walk other members of my family fought to defend the free will some fascism alongside American soldiers sailors Neman. The men in my fondest bombing we'll coal miners his army was always struggled with poverty. When my father Alfred was foreseeing he joins his fault that brothers'. Brother uncles and cousins and the coal mine self put food on the table. One possible local mines close in the 1960s my father wants to immigrants to the United States. Took in the coal mines in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. But his mother my grandmother has been crippled from live my father couldn't leave so he says another named intensity dodge and 2012. My mother still lives in my hometown today. But his stream of immigrants into like a source of my father looked America its culture and its history and its role as a beacon of hope for the world's. He always want to summon the funny to make its the United States. I've begun my university studies in 1984 but I just learned I want the same university as my colleague can't miss Townsend some time days and Scotland's. Despite a dubbed us. And in 1987. I won a place on an academic extends to the Soviet Union. I was after the signing of the intermediate nuclear false designed F treaty under then president Ronald Reagan met Sunday to Michael Gorbachev in Moscow. This is a turning point for me. An American professor who I met that told me about graduate student scholarships United States. And the very next Jeff thanks to his advice I arrived in America to stop my from studies of topics. Yes let's I can say with confidence that this country has offered me opportunities I never would have ties and England's. I grew up put with a very distinctive working class accident. In England in the 1980s and 1990s this could have impeded my profession and advancements. This background has never set me Bakken America. For the best parts of three decades I'd go to Korea as a non Potts is on. Non political national security professional focusing on Europe and Eurasia and especially the farm a Soviet Union. I served our country industry presidents. And my most recent combustion to present jumped as I was in my phone position under. As under the much from a position of mass intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia and to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. And not well I was intelligence committee senior experts on Russia on the phone the Soviet republics including Ukraine. It was because of my backgrounds and experience that as I was asked to join the National Security Council in 2017. Up the NSC Russia was possum Michael Foleo. But I was also responsible for coordinating US policy for all of west in Europe all of Eastern Europe including Ukraine and techie. Along with NATO and the European Union. I was tiny it initially by general Michelson. Casey McFarland and general Keith Kellogg. But then I stop some work in April 2017 when general Ralston was a national security advisor. I ain't and that ain't so that I could help them with president trumps stated goal of improving relations with Russia. While still implementing policies designed to do ten Russian conduct the threat. News the United States. Including the unprecedented and successful Russian operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. This and it's the second thing I want to communiques. There's some questions instead inside because some of you on this committee appeared to believe. That Russia and its security services did not conduct come pen against our country and the power hops somehow for some reason Ukraine days. This is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves. The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016. This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies confirmed in by Koch is on congressional polyps. It's is beyond dispute even if some of the underlying details and instrumental suffice. The impacts of the successful 2016 Russian come pan demands evident today. Our nation is being toner costs shoots his questions. On a highly professional expect career foreign service is being undermines. US a puffy crane which continues to fare some depression aggression is being criticized. The Russian government's goal is to weaken our country. To diminish America's global role and -- utilized a perceived US threats of Russian interest. President Clinton and the Russian security services and to counter US foreign policy objectives in Europe including in Ukraine. When Moscow which is to be is set political economic dominance. A citizen losses Islamist as a realist. I do not think long term comfort with Russia's all the desirable or inevitable. I continue to believe that we need to seek ways of stabilizing. Our relationship with Moscow even as we count benefits Thomas. Right now Russia's security services on their proxies have keyed up to repeat their interference in the 20/20 election. We are running out of time to stop them. The cost of this investigation I was asking you please not enough publicity to redden also adds that so KF on such an interest. As Republicans on Democrats have agreed for decades he credits of body partners the United States and a pleasant and pawn loan on national security. As I told the committee last month I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is the US on sesame. And the Ukraine not Russia attaches in 2016. These actions harmful even if sent to collect a puny to mastic political purposes. Present proven the Russian security services operate like a super pac. This deploying millions of dollars to weaponized cholera on political opposition resets of false narratives. When we have come seemed bipartisan Lanka we cannot come dot com bust these external forces of it as they seek to divide does against each other. To correct our institutions and destroy the fair to the American people in our democracy. I respect the book that this congress doesn't carrying out his constitutional responsibilities including this requiring. And I'm here to help each of the best of my ability. If the president tell anyone else in Pisa supports the national security of the United States. In order to follow the domestic political or personal insists that's more than worthy of your attention. But we must not let to mastic politics officer and defending ourselves against the foreign powers who truly Russia's Tom.

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