President Donald Trump’s Ex-spokeswoman Hope Hicks Refused To Answer – Democratic Congress members accused President Donald Trump’s ex-spokeswoman Hope Hicks of denying to answer questions Wednesday about her time working in the White House.
President Donald Trump’s Ex-spokeswoman Hope Hicks Refused To Answer:
Hope Hicks previously served as White House communications director and the White House director of strategic communications after a stint as a senior aide on Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., a member of the panel and of Democratic leadership said, “She has answered some and mostly she is hiding behind the facetious claim of complete immunity about anything to do with her service in the White House,”
The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Hicks because of her proximity to Trump during several key episodes that Mueller’s report described as attempts to thwart the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According To Mueller Report Hope Hicks And Donald Trump:
Hope Hicks’ name appears more than 180 times in the Mueller report’s text and footnotes. She described meetings and dealing with the aftermath of incidents.
“Hicks reviewed emails setting up the meeting on June 28, 2017, at Kushner’s lawyer’s office. She said they looked “really bad” and that press coverage would be “massive” when the story broke,” the report said, “Hicks said she had only seen the president like that one other time, after the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign,”.
Trump told the Russians, according to the report. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off… I’m not under investigation.” When Hicks told Trump about news stories about the meeting, Trump didn’t look concerned and said Comey “is crazy,” the report said.
“The president’s lawyers are directing her not to answer any questions even as we are recounting stuff she told to the special counsel,” avid Cicilline also added. “This will be the beginning of what I presume will be litigation.”
“This is an obstruction of Congress’ ability to do our job and uphold our oath. It’s unacceptable. We have to begin an inquiry soon,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Tex. “They’re not even allowing her to comment on what’s in a publicly available report, the Mueller report. It’s unbelievable.”
“We have more lawlessness when it comes to witnesses refusing to testify, it’s frustrating,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the White House. “All this does is just take us back to the court and just waste the taxpayer’s dollars.”
“There is no such thing as absolute immunity that prevents someone from answering questions about any subject related to their work in an administration. It just doesn’t exist,” said Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat. “This is an ongoing effort by the president of the United States to obstruct, to prevent Congress from finding the facts and behaving as if he’s above the law.”
“There’s nothing new here,” said Collins, R-Ga. “Democrats continue to try to re-litigate the Mueller investigation.”
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., another member of the committee, tweeted, “I am watching Obstruction of Justice in action, as @TheJusticeDept is objecting to everything that Hope Hicks wants to say during her tenure in the White House. The Administration’s position is absurd & they will lose in court. What is the @realDonaldTrump Administration hiding?”
“Just asked Nancy Pelosi about WH saying Hope Hicks should not answer questions about her time at the WH, and she said: “Obstruction of justice.” And she walked to the elevator.” tweeted by senior Congressional Corespondent.
Donald J. Trump’s Answer:
“The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. This is extreme Presidential Harassment. They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks. Why aren’t the Dems looking at the…..”
— Donald J. Trump
“…33,000 Emails that Hillary and her lawyer deleted and acid washed AFTER GETTING A SUBPOENA FROM CONGRESS? That is real Obstruction that the Dems want no part of because their hearings are RIGGED and a disgrace to our Country!”
— Donald J. Trump