During her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, White House communications director Hope Hicks reportedly refused to answer questions about her role in the initial misleading explanation for a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign team and Russian operatives.
CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted that Hicks testified for “roughly nine hours,” and said his source for information on her refusal came from the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Hope Hicks – who met with House Intel for roughly nine hours – would NOT answer questions about her role in drafting the misleading statement last year once Donald Trump Jr meeting with Russians was revealed, Schiff told reporters
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 28, 2018
Schiff accuses WH Comms Dir Hope Hicks of "stonewalling" for not answering questions about WH during Intel Cmte interview. Says the WH won't allow her to answer those questions
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 28, 2018
In late January, it was revealed that Hicks said emails between Donald Trump Jr. and an associate of Russian operatives promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton would “never get out,” according to a former White House aide who reportedly spoke with special counsel Robert Mueller. She was also a member of the team aboard Air Force One with the president last year when the meeting was first revealed, and reportedly helped write the initial claim that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was about adoption.