Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that her job as White House communications director required her to tell white lies. But Hicks, who testified behind closed doors for more than eight hours, insisted she had not lied about key issues surrounding the Russia investigation, according to three sources who spoke to The New York Times. While Hicks is a key witness to the President's actions over the past several years, the 29-year-old stonewalled the committee and refused to answer questions surrounding both the transition and Trump’s time in office. The committee was interested in learning more about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, along with HIcks' role surrounding President Trump’s misleading statement dictated aboard Air Force One in July 2017.
The statement claimed Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 was predominantly about adoptions, even though emails later revealed he agreed to the meeting after he was offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. A day after the Air Force One statement was released, the President’s spokesman Mark Corallo was on a conference call with the President when Hicks reportedly claimed Trump Jr.’s email exchange would “never get out” because only a few people had access to them, The Times reported last month. While Corallo wasn’t sure whether Hicks was suggesting the emails be hidden from investigators, he was alarmed by her comments. Hicks’ lawyer Robert Trout denied the account.
The intelligence committee’s top Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday, “All of our questions about what went into that statement went unanswered.”
Democrats asked to subpoena Hicks after she refused to answer the committee’s questions, but Republicans declined to issue one.