Several Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee chose not to ask National Security Council expert Fiona Hill any questions, instead, using their time during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings to criticize the impeachment inquiry and its witnesses.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) used his 5-minutes to rant about the impeachment process being a “coup.”
“Could I actually say something because we’ve had three Congressmen in a row…?” Hill said after Wenstrup finished speaking.
“I yielded back!” Wenstrup yelled at House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
Schiff allowed Hill to answer.
“I think that what Dr. Wenstrup said was very powerful, about the importance of overcoming hatred and certainly partisan division,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate that Congressman Turner and Ratcliffe both left as well,” she said, calling out the two Congressmen who left the room after lobbing an attack that they didn’t allow her to respond to. “Because I think all of us who came here under legal obligation also felt we had a moral obligation to do so. We came as fact witnesses.”
“I understand for many members this may be hearsay. I’ve talked about things I heard with my own ears. I understand that Ambassador Sondland has said a lot of things. I told you what he told me and what others told me. A lot of other people have said things to me as well again and also to Mr. Holmes around wend re related what we heard, saw and did. to be of some help to all of you in really making a very momentous decision here.”
“I don’t believe there should be any interference of any kind in our election,” Hill added. “That’s actually why as a nonpartisan person and as an expert on Russia and an expert on Vladimir Putin and on the Russian security services, I wanted to come in to serve the country to try to see if I could help. … We’re here to relate to you what we heard, what we saw and what we did. And to be of some help to all of you in really making a very momentous decision here. We are not the people who make that decision.”