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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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Jeff Sessions’ fate is a warning for us all

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost his primary race to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama on Tuesday night in a landslide, according to Decision Desk HQ. Early returns showed him losing the shot to win back his old seat by more than 20 points to opponent Tommy Tuberville, who will face off against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November.

It wasn't a surprising loss for Sessions, though it is a brutal one. He gave up his seat in the Senate to become President Donald Trump's attorney general, and he lost his big chance to return because his one-time benefactor turned against him. Trump enthusiastically endorsed Tuberville while viciously and repeatedly denouncing Sessions.

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Trump Jr. blasted for dragging Barron Trump into 2020 campaign: ‘You are messing up his mind’

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Tuesday dragged his 14-year-old half brother Barron into the 2020 presidential campaign -- and it did not end well.

Barron is the son of first lady Melania Trump from the president's third marriage, while junior's mother is Ivana, from the president's first marriage.

"In all fairness, Joe Biden is not capable of debating Barron Trump let alone Donald Trump," Trump, Jr. tweeted.

He was quickly blasted for bringing a minor into a presidential race.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1283190894401859584

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Jeff Sessions ridiculed after losing GOP primary for his old Senate seat in Alabama

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Former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) attempted a political comeback by running in the GOP primary for the Senate seat he long held.

Sessions resigned the seat to serve as President Donald Trump's attorney general, before the two had a falling out.

"On Tuesday, Mr. Sessions lost the Alabama Senate Republican runoff election to Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach whose platform was largely a blanket promise to support the president at all times," The New York Times reports. The Daily Beast also projected that Tuberville had won.

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