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Hope Hicks lied to Mueller about the Trump Tower meeting: ex-Trump legal spokesman

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The former Trump team legal spokesman revealed Wednesday that ex-White House aide Hope Hicks lied to special counsel Robert Mueller about the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

Mark Corallo, a GOP communications consultant that briefly served as Donald Trump’s legal spokesperson in the early days of his presidential administration, suggested to ABC News that not only did Hicks lie in her public statement about the infamous meeting — but also that she lied to Mueller’s investigators when they interviewed her.

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Corallo noted in an interview for “The Investigation” podcast that he, as the representative for the president’s private legal team, crafted a statement in the wake of the revelation by the New York Times in 2017 that countered one Hicks made claiming the meeting was about Russian adoption.

His statement, which came after Hicks’, reportedly angered both the White House aide and the president.

“We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,” Corallo told Circa in 2017. “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. ”

“[M]y phone rings and it’s Hope Hicks,” the ex-spokesman said in the 2019 ABC News interview. “So, she just started laying into me. And, then she admitted that yes, they had crafted this statement on Air Force One and that they’d handled it.”

“She said, ‘I had the New York Times handled’ and I’m going – you did? You work in the White House,” he added. “This is a private matter. This is not the president’s conduct of his office. This is matters to do with him as a private citizen, really, not even him. This has to do with his son, son-in-law, and former campaign director.”

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Corallo added that Hicks’ statement and their disagreement about it came up when he was interviewed by the special counsel’s team.

“They wanted to know, and they asked me, and they said, ‘well, you know Miss Hicks says that that didn’t happen,'” he told ABC. “And they asked me how sure I was, and I said ‘100 percent.'”

 


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