Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia expert, in her opening statement to the House impeachment hearing Thursday, warns of a «fictional narrative» That Ukraine, not Russia, was behind meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Among those who have pursued that narrative: President Donald Trump and, she says, several GOP members of Congress, including some on the committee.

(MORE: Trump impeachment hearings: Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify)

She was joined by David Holmes, the counsel for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, who on Friday, behind closed doors and under subpoena, described a phone conversation he said he overheard between President Donald Trump and EU Amb. Gordon Sondland about «the investigations.»

In his opening statement, Holmes detailed his knowledge of the allegations against former Ukraine Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her role, and the impact of her removal on the relationship between the U.S. and incoming Ukrainian administration

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Fiona Hill, former senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council before she testify to a House Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2019.

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Read Hill’s opening statement here:

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David Holmes, political counselor at the U.S Embassy in Kiev, takes his seat to testify to a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 21, 2019.

(MORE: House to hear from US embassy official said to have overheard Trump call about ‘the investigations’)

Read Holmes’ statement here:

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