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Trump’s former Russia advisor will use her opening statement at this morning’s impeachment inquiry hearing to debunk a conspiracy theory about Ukraine interfering in the 2016 presidential election -- one that has been propagated by Rudy Giuliani.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. PT. Follow our live coverage:

The conclusion by the U.S. intelligence community and Congress that in fact Russia meddled in the election to benefit Trump, Hill said, is “beyond dispute.

In a September meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kyiv, Sen. Ron Johnson warned Zelensky that President Trump has a negative view of Ukraine, Holmes told lawmakers.

The Trump administration began pushing a “political agenda” as early as March 2019, David Holmes, a U.S. Embassy official in Ukraine, said.

U.S. diplomat David Holmes recounted the now infamous July 26th phone call between EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump in an outdoor restaurant in Kyiv.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

U.S. diplomat David Holmes, at Thursday’s impeachment hearing, recounted the now-infamous July 26 phone call between EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump in an outdoor restaurant in Kyiv.

Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former Russia advisor, said she previously resented EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s involvement in Ukraine and his reluctance to work within traditional diplomatic channels.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

But after listening to his testimony, Hill said Sondland acted as he did because Trump directed him to push a separate effort to get Ukraine to conduct investigations related to U.S. politics, at odds with her work with the National Security Council.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) criticized the Trump administration’s foreign policy as “bungling,” but signaled he isn't convinced that an impeachable offense occurred.

Hurd was viewed as one of the few Republicans who could possibly support impeachment.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

At times, former NSC official Fiona Hill struggled to get a word in. “Can I actually say something?” she asked after several rounds from Republican members directing statements toward her without questions.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney characterized one Republican member’s questioning, saying to Fiona Hill: “That was some epic mansplaining you had to endure.”  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-21/fiona-hill-trumps-former-russia-advisor-impeachment-inquiry 

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