Hope Hicks' Email Account Reportedly Hacked

Sources say she told House Intelligence Committee while under questioning
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2018 5:24 PM CST
One of Hope Hicks' Email Accounts Reportedly Hacked
In this Feb. 9, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is shown during a meeting in the Oval Office between President Donald Trump and Shane Bouvet, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

One of Hope Hicks' email accounts was hacked at some point, she revealed while being interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee last week. Hicks, who was questioned by the committee the day before she stepped down as White House communications director, said while replying to a question that there are two email accounts she can no longer access, one a personal account and the other an account she used as a member of President Trump's campaign team. She said one of the accounts had been hacked, but did not indicate which one, sources familiar with the proceedings tell NBC News. But a committee source who spoke to CBS News says the hacked account was not a Trump organization or campaign address.

According to people familiar with the committee process, lawmakers typically ask witnesses about email accounts and phone numbers, but it's not common for a witness to reveal that she can no longer access past accounts. Sources gave no indication that the committee pursued questioning along the lines of who might have compromised the account and what information may have been obtained by the hacker or hackers. Hicks' correspondence is of interest in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. (Read more Hope Hicks stories.)

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