Fmr. NSC Official Calls Out Trump, GOP For Pushing Putin’s ‘Fictional Narrative’
Former National Security Council (NSC) official and Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill blasted President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers and others who continue to push the “fictional narrative” that it was Ukraine, rather than Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Law & Crime reported that Hill’s remarks during Thursday’s impeachment hearing were in reference to the Crowdstrike conspiracy theory, favored by the president and pushed by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that is at odds with the findings of the U.S. intelligence community.
Hill, who has worked under every administration since George W. Bush, said Trump and his allies are parroting the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin — and she laid out why such a move is dangerous.
“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country—and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did,” Hill said in her opening statement. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
Hill told lawmakers that it is “beyond dispute” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, not Ukraine, and reminded them that both the intelligence community and a congressional report agreed with this conclusion.
“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 said.
“These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes. President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a Super PAC. 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.”