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Livestream: Russia, not Ukraine, interfered with 2016 election, says witness at impeachment hearing

Fiona Hill, a former top Europe and Russian expert from the National Security Council, testifies today

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Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, left, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.

Susan Walsh, Associated Press

The impeachment inquiry hearings continue Thursday as Fiona Hill, a former top Europe and Russian expert from the National Security Council, will testify about her concerns of the relationship between the White House and Ukraine.

Hill will be the final public witness, according to The New York Times.

Hill’s opening statement surfaced online Thursday morning. She will reportedly urge the GOP to reject the “fictional narrative” that Ukraine interfered in the United States’ 2016 election.

[READ: Dr. Fiona Hill’s opening statement.]

“The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016,” she will say, according to Axios. “This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan Congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.”

David Holmes, who works at the United States Embassy in Kyiv, will also testify in a public session Thursday, per The New York Times.

Our reporter Matthew Brown is in Washington for the hearings. Follow his live updates below.

President Trump tweeted several responses to the impeachment hearings Thursday morning.