Fiona Hill decried Republican lawmakers for suggesting that Ukraine, rather than Russia, sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
A former White House adviser excoriated Republican members of Congress at the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday for promoting the “fictional narrative” that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.
“This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,” Ms. Hill said.
“I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.”.
In one dramatic episode, Ms. Hill said she confronted Mr. Sondland for meeting Ukrainian officials without going through regular diplomatic channels.
Ms. Hill said Mr. Sondland told her he was reporting directly to Mr. Trump, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
According to Mr. Holmes’s account, Mr. Sondland told Mr. Trump that Mr. Zelensky “loves your ass,” Mr. Trump asked “so he’s going to do the investigation?” »