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Hope Hicks to Testify Next Week

Former Trump aide agrees to answer committee questions behind closed doors
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2019 6:02 PM CDT
Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee in February 2018.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The House Judiciary Committee, which subpoenaed Hope Hicks for public testimony, will hear from her—but it will happen behind closed doors. The former aide to President Trump "understands that the Committee will be free to pose questions as it sees fit," Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement, "including about her time on the Trump Campaign and her time in the White House." The interview will be transcribed, Nadler said, and the chairman said a transcript will be released promptly, the Hill reports. Hicks will become the first former White House staff member to appear before the committee, which is investigating whether the administration obstructed the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

That doesn't mean Hicks will answer the lawmakers' questions, the Washington Post notes; she might cite Trump's assertion of executive privilege. The White House already told Hicks to not cooperate with a congressional subpoena for documents related to her time in the administration. The deal between the committee and Hicks allows for someone from the White House Counsel’s Office to be present when she testifies. (Read more Hope Hicks stories.)

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