Trump impeachment witness: U.S. still ‘vulnerable’ after Russian meddling

When asked by Stahl whether the U.S.’s current political polarization could be attributed to Russia, Hill argued divisions existed long before the country’s meddling in the 2016 election.

“The Russians didn’t invent partisan divides. The Russians haven’t invented racism in the United States,” Hill said.

“But the Russians understand a lot of those divisions, and they understand how to exploit them.”

Hill’s comments echo testimony she gave to the House Intelligence Committee when she stated the nation was “being torn apart” as a result of Russia’s actions and urged Americans to come together in 2020 to prevent another effort to meddle in an election.

Hill, who now serves as a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe after leaving the Trump administration over the summer, went on to say that she doesn’t believe the U.S. is in a second Cold War with Russia, stating that there’s no longer an ideological struggle between the two nations.

“The Cold War were two systems against each other,” Hill said. “In a sense, we’re in the same system. We’re competitors.”