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Hicks grilled by the house Intel Committee, nine hours of hope
Senior Advisor to the President Trump departs Capitol Hill after they testify to the Committee.
White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks met with the lawmakers on the house Intelligence Committee for nine hours on Tuesday for a “closed door” interview as part of the Committee’s investigation in alleged Russian interference in the election of 2016.
Hicks responded to questions from reporters, as she said on the left of the Capitol, but one of the Republican members of the Committee, Rep. Tom Rooney, Florida, she had refused to answer questions about her time in the trump administration.
The others who have worked in the White house, including former strategist Steve Bannon, have also refused to talk about this time in interviews with the Committee.
Rooney wanted to say, to discuss that Hicks was willing to take your time on the trump campaign and the transition, after he said, you had similar questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee answered a few months ago. Hicks was a trump spokeswoman during the 2016 campaign, and is considered to be a key witness in the case of Trump, the actions over the period before his inauguration.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Committee’s ranking member, told reporters that Hicks “had been instructed not to answer by your employer in the White house, issues, events, and meetings after the transition.”
The ship described it as “breathtakingly broad claim of privilege, and I do not believe that any court would sustain.”
“My understanding was that the hope Hicks would be willing to answer to everything,” another Republican member of the Committee, Rep. Peter King of New York, told Fox News’ “The story.” “But the White house asked for only responses up to the end of the campaign, because that was really in the context of the hearing.”
Republicans and Democrats were divided about whether the Board of Directors summons to Hicks for more answers. The panel invited Bannon last month after he refused to answer questions, but he still has to cooperate. The house is now considering whether to keep BANNERT in contempt.
“You answered the questions on the transition. Mr Bannon was a challenge, a privilege, based on the transition [where] said, we were asked what was the privilege and we were not comfortable, it was such a privilege,” Rooney. “Because she has decided to answer the questions, based that the transition, then it is not in comparison to Mr. Bannon.”
The ship disagreed, saying that the Committee was “a rule for the Bannon and one for all the others.”
Hicks was also interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller became official, according to published reports, along with other White house. Müller studied questions in the context of Russian interference and possible obstruction of the ongoing Federal investigation.
While the investigation focuses on the Russian intervention in the campaign, the house investigators had questions about her time in the White house, including their role in the formulation of a statement about a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians. This statement was of particular interest for Müller.
The White house, the President was said to be involved in the drafting of the statement after the news of the meeting broke in last summer. The statement said that the meeting primarily about a Russian takeover program, when they showed E-Mails later published, that Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr., right, the sit-down with a Russian lawyer, and others, after he was promised dirt on Trump’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Hicks was with the President with Air Force One, during the writing of the first statement.
“All of our questions about what was going on in this statement go unanswered,” said the ship.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.