The reasons the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump confidante Hope Hicks was explained Tuesday by a former prosecutor who sits on the committee.
The committee also subpoenaed Annie Donaldson, who was chief of staff for former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was interviewed by MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday.
“These are front row witnesses to a double-digit obstructer. Bob Mueller and his team laid out at least ten instances in which the president obstructed and these two individuals were front and center,” he argued. “They have a story to tell.”
“I was part of the interview team with Hope Hicks over a year ago when she came before the House Intelligence Committee. She had a very, very deep memory and recall of everything the president had done,” he explained. “I was really struck by that. Where others who have known him for decades have said to us over and over, ‘I don’t recall, I don’t recall’ — Hope Hicks said the opposite. She did recall.”
“It would be very helpful to know what she saw,” he added.
The host allowed Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to question the Judiciary Committee Democrat.
“What’s the one thing, the top-line, if you get her in front of your committee that you want to find out from Hope Hicks?” Costa asked.
“The question I asked her on the House Intelligence Committee and she refused to answer, which is, ‘Did the president ever tell you to lie for him and did you ever lie for him?’ That was a very, I would say, flash point in the interview,” Swalwell explained.
“She asked to step outside for ten minutes and then she came back inside and refused to answer the question,” he recalled.
“I asked if Donald Trump Jr. had asked her to lie and she refused again,” he continued. “She started shaking her head and said, ‘I refuse to answer, I refuse to answer.'”
“I asked her about Ivanka Trump, whether she asked her to lie, she said I refuse to answer,” he noted. “It clearly struck a nerve.”
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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son
President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.
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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump
Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.
Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.
On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."
"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."