Fiona Hill, a former top Russia analyst for the White House, told Thursday's impeachment inquiry hearing in her opening statement that Republican claims that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election are a "fictional narrative" spread by Russia.
“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."
"The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today. Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined," Hill warned. "The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016."