Fiona Hill knocked down conspiracy theories about Ukraine spread by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Republican lawmakers, and impeachment viewers were astonished by her thorough debunking.
The former National Security Council adviser testified that claims pinning blame on Ukraine for 2016 election interference absolves Russia and serves its president Vladimir Putin's interests, and undermines U.S. national security.
“The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today,” Hill testified in her opening statement. “Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career Foreign Service is being undermined.”
Nunes complained about Hill's allegation during his own opening statement, and he continued to accuse Ukraine of improperly interfering in the last presidential election.
“Needless to say,” Nunes said, “it is entirely possible for two separate nations to engage in election meddling at the same time, and Republicans believe we should take meddling seriously by all foreign countries, regardless of which campaign is the target.”
But Hill pointedly rejected GOP conspiracy theories that minimize Russia's wrongdoing.
“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,” she testified. “These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.”
Impeachment viewers cheered her on.
Guessing Nunes will sue Hill now— Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza)1574349479.0
Fiona Hill is basically telling Devin Nunes he is basic AF to his face. #ImpeachmentHearings https://t.co/sZQQHQF1af— Zerlina Maxwell (@Zerlina Maxwell)1574349678.0
Fiona Hill shutting down all the outrageous and dangerous Russian Influence on social media and in the news. Basica… https://t.co/e5rTVK0JyP— Erik Reichenbach (@Erik Reichenbach)1574349568.0
I realize Fiona Hill didn't literally call Nunes a bloody nitwit, but she did metaphorically, and I'm glad she's us… https://t.co/LjSIw96jT9— Elizabeth Spiers (@Elizabeth Spiers)1574349468.0
Fiona Hill came here to debunk 2016 elections conspiracy theories and chew bubble gum, and holy crap she’s all out of bubble gum.— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner)1574349285.0
@Independent @IndyUSA @chrisriotta @DevinNunes Hill speaking directly to @DevinNunes in this passage: "In the cours… https://t.co/aUxjRrexr8— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1574349533.0
Fiona Hill to Devin Nunes amd Republicans on the House intelligence committee: Stop using Russian propaganda to defend Trump.— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian)1574349526.0
Fiona Hill is explaining to Devin Nunes that he’s a moron.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1574349314.0
Wow. Hill taking aim at Nunes et al: "I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so… https://t.co/j0WrQDwLZE— Alexander Marquardt (@Alexander Marquardt)1574349491.0
Fiona Hill’s statement was extraordinarily powerful. She made clear that the Republicans on the Committee are damag… https://t.co/QtsgcH0QSS— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1574349865.0
Fiona Hill calls out Republican members of House Intelligence Committee for parroting Russian propaganda intended t… https://t.co/zNPJXjKNPU— John Harwood (@John Harwood)1574349374.0
Fiona Hill making key points in her Q&A w/ @RepAdamSchiff, that Russia's goal is to undermine the legitimacy of the… https://t.co/7r3mHDYQPd— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1574349897.0
Boy Fiona Hill does not mince words. Even the Fox News chryon folks aren’t disputing her. #ImpeachmentHearings https://t.co/u4vOs6TBWo— 🗞Bill Goodykoontz 💻 (@🗞Bill Goodykoontz 💻)1574349645.0
GIF Cinema presents: Fiona Hill speaks. #impeachment https://t.co/0kaqr4eUXr— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart)1574349539.0