Democrats Will Grill Hope Hicks Behind Closed Doors on Wednesday

Democrats Will Grill Hope Hicks Behind Closed Doors on Wednesday

Democrats Will Grill Hope Hicks Behind Closed Doors on Wednesday

Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, drew fire from Democrats Wednesday for not answering questions during a closed House Judiciary Committee session about whether her former boss broke the law.

Per the Post, Democrats left the meeting discussing taking Hicks to court to make her answer questions.

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The anticipated line of questioning signals renewed interest on Capitol Hill over the President being implicated in felonies committed by former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, after the panel has been mostly focused until now over the allegations detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report on obstruction of justice.

"Much of Ms. Hicks's work during this period involved discussions with the President-elect and his staff relating to the decisions the President-elect would be making once he assumed office", Cipollone wrote.

The top Republican on the panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, said they were "simply talking about things that are already out there in public or getting the same answers over and over".

The president went on to question why Congress wasn't investigating Hillary Clinton's emails and said she should be in jail.

Democrats would not say yet if they would take Hicks to court if she declines to answer certain questions, but said the committee is not afraid to assert its authority to get their questions answered. She agreed to provide some information from her work on Trump's campaign, according to the committee, but none from her time at the White House.

Lieu said Hicks did answer questions about the campaign but did not elaborate.

Cipollone added that White House counsel would accompany Hicks as she testifies "to preserve the President's ability to assert executive privilege" concerning the presidential transition.

Three days before the 2016 election, the Wall Street Journal reported that the National Enquirer had agreed to pay $150,000 to McDougal, who said she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier, but never ran a story.

Hicks is expected to answer some questions about her time on Trump's campaign, but it was unclear how cooperative she will be.

"This is the beginning of what will be, I presume, litigation", said Representative David Cicilline.

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"The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after nearly 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. They were unhappy with result so they want a Do Over".

Cipollone said Hicks, as one of Trump's former senior advisers, is "absolutely immune" from compelled testimony with respect to her service to the president because of the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

Aides said Hicks also would be asked about alleged obstruction by Trump involving former White House Counsel Don McGahn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. When Trump was in Los Angeles recently, she visited with him.

Hicks, who was subpoenaed to testify, was part of Trump's inner circle as one of his longest-serving and most trusted advisers. He has denied the affairs.

One subject Democrats wanted Hicks to talk about is a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY, where the Mueller report discusses how the president's son Donald Trump Jr., and other campaign officials met with Russians who promised to offer negative information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The meeting will be behind closed doors but Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the transcript from the hearing will be made public.

The Judiciary Committee is where any effort to impeach Trump, which Democrats have discussed for months, would begin.

Testimony from witnesses such as Hicks is one step in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's methodical approach to investigating Trump.

Her name is peppered throughout Mueller's report.

Democrats told Newsweek that White House lawyers, several of which they said were present for the closed-door deposition, in addition to private attorneys for Hicks, objected to all questions regarding Hicks' time working as White House communications director, but did not do so for questions regarding her role as a campaign aide.

Mueller's 448-page report found insufficient evidence to establish that the Trump campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow, despite numerous contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller wrote in his 448-page report released in April that there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, but he said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.

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