White House Communication Director Hope Hicks could face criminal prosecution after she admitted telling “white lies” to defend President Donald Trump, a former Justice Department official said on Wednesday.
During a panel discussion on CNN, Justice Correspondent Evan Perez explained that Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that she was guilty of fabricating “white lies” for the president, but she refused to say what she had lied about.
Former Pentagon and State Department spokesperson John Kirby pointed out that lying is a fireable offense, especially for communications officials like Hicks.
“If I had [told white lies] and anybody found out that I did then I would have been fired by the secretary of defense and/or the secretary of state,” Kirby said. “You take an oath to the American people to serve in public office. One of those oaths is you are going to protect and defend the Constitution. And that means telling the truth. That means being honest, both offscreen and onscreen.”
CNN legal analyst Lauren Coats, a former federal prosecutor, observed that Hicks may have open herself up to criminal prosecution if she is caught telling “white lies” to special counsel Robert Mueller or his investigators.
“Is there a difference between a white lie and a big lie?” CNN host John Berman asked Coats.
“Not if you’re Robert Mueller,” Coats insisted. “We have already seen at least two to three people [charged for lying]. If you are lying generally then you’re going to get prosecuted for it. You’re going to have a guilty plea. So, there’s no real semantics-based nuance argument you could make.”
“It sounds like in her private life as a citizen for Donald Trump’s organization, she was the spin doctor,” Coats continued. “That role changes when you are the communications director of the White House and it especially changes if you are talking to the FBI, a chief investigator or even congressmen.”
Berman concluded by noting that Hicks reportedly told members of the House Intelligence Community that she had been advised not to lie to Mueller’s investigative team.
Watch the video below from CNN.
‘I’m the one who calls the shots’: Trump rails against Fox News for giving him ‘his worst polls’
President Donald Trump explained why Fox News has drawn his ire and that they need to realize he's the one in control of them.
In a conversation on the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey on his way back to Washington, Trump said that Fox News has not been good to him lately.
"Fox is a lot different than it used to be, I can tell you that," Trump said.
In an earlier Twitter rant, the president went off on Juan Williams for being "nasty and wrong."
Trump explains why he wants to buy Greenland to reporters: ‘It’s a large real estate deal — a lot can be done’
President Donald Trump reaffirmed his desire to buy Greenland in discussion with reporters Sunday.
The president was returning to Washington, D.C. when he stopped at the airport in Morristown, New Jersey. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman asked the president about his desire to buy the country from Denmark.
"Greenland, I don't know. It got released somehow," Trump said of the news about his desire to buy the country. "It's something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up, and I said, strategically, it's interesting. And we'd be interested. We'll talk to them a little bit. It's not number one on the burner; I can tell you that."
‘They love the meanest parts of him’: Conservative writer explains why evangelical Christians stick with Trump
Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.
Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”