“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 is expected to say based on a copy of her prepared remarks. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
In her brief opening statement, Hill will offer a strong pushback to the claims peddled by Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and some congressional Republicans that Ukraine may have interfered in the 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton.
The remarks also offer a more subtle jab at some of Hill’s former colleagues who have refused to do what she is doing: appearing before the impeachment committees and detailing her experience.
Both Giuliani and Trump have urged the Ukrainian government to announce probes into any role the country may have had in the 2016 elections, something Trump brought up himself in his now-infamous July phone call with Zelensky.
But Hill in her testimony will argue that such a theory amounts to a fictional narrative at a time when the US should be focused on the real threat: Russia, which she warns could once again seek to interfere in the 2020 elections while the US is focused on Ukraine.
“It is a fiction that the Ukrainian Government was launching an effort to upend our election, upend our election to mess with our Democratic system,” she said in her deposition last month. “Because if you’re also trying to peddle an alternative variation of whether the Ukrainians subverted our election, I don’t want to be a part of that, and I will not be part of it.”
Hill added: “We should all be greatly concerned about what the Russians intend to do in 2020.”
A descendant from generations of coal miners from the United Kingdom, Hill will testify Thursday about her family’s immigrant roots and why she dedicated her career to work on foreign policy, serving under both Democratic and Republican presidents. She will say she believes it’s her patriotic duty to answer all questions from the committee about the events that she witnessed, the source said.
Hill’s testimony provides key details about what went on inside the White House on July 10, when US officials met with a Ukrainian delegation and Sondland raised the prospect of Ukraine opening investigations. Hill testified last month behind closed doors that Bolton abruptly shut down the meeting, and then told Hill to follow Sondland when he convened a side conversation with the Ukrainians. She testified that Sondland told the Ukrainians that he had an agreement with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for a White House meeting if the Ukrainians went forward with the investigations.
Hill previously testified that Bolton said he was not going to be part of “whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this,” in what was the first indication from the House impeachment inquiry depositions that Mulvaney was involved with the push for investigations.
Hill said that she reported her concerns after the July 10 meeting to National Security Council attorney John Eisenberg, one of several officials to report concerns to Eisenberg over Ukraine.
In her deposition, Hill also said she was “extremely concerned that whatever it was that Mr. Giuliani was doing might not be legal,” pointing to his work with two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Both were indicted last month on campaign finance charges.
This story has been updated with additional developments Thursday.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.
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