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Why Hope Hicks’ new job with Rupert Murdoch makes her more likely to testify against Trump

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Congressional Democrats have issued a subpoena to former White House communications director Hope Hicks, and panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed her future depends on her compliance.

The White House has directed other former officials to ignore the legally binding orders to testify, but the 30-year-old Hicks had her pick of jobs before landing at New Fox as executive vice president and chief communications officer — and ignoring a subpoena could kill her career.

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“She now works for a public company, listed on the stock exchange,” said MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle. “Prior to accepting this job, she interviewed with several other public companies. She was well-liked in the interview process, people thought highly of her, but each of the public companies that she interviewed with were afraid of the Trump taint. What happens to her going forward with that in the background?”

Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox, who’s covered Hicks for years, agreed the media company’s ultimate responsibility to shareholders does put the former White House official and Trump confidante into a precarious position.

“She took this new job at New Fox, which is a (Rupert) Murdoch-owned company,” Fox said. “Someone who I spoke to for the story explained to me, it is sort of Trump light, right? She’s not totally out of the Trump universe — this is a company that would accept someone who worked in the Trump administration. It’s not like going to a new company that had its reservations and hesitations about someone who worked in the Trump administration.”

But ultimately, her career fate could be decided by business, and not just politics.

“At the end of the day, they have shareholders,” Fox said. “Someone who is in a big, prominent position within the company, being dragged back and forth for months on end over a legal battle, is not good for the company, it’s not good for investors.”

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“I think that the idea of her getting this out of the way and ripping the Band-Aid and stopping the bleeding really fast is definitely better for the company,” Fox added. “What is best for Hope Hicks personally, in her own personal calculation, may not be the same. I think that’s where we’re going to see the tension play out here.”

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Supreme Court timeline on Trump’s taxes gives time for Manhattan prosecutors to file charges: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah tweeted a recent report that the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up President Donald Trump's case to keep his taxes away from investigators.

That case between Trump and Congress invokes a 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns. Rocah mocked the president for being "so shady, so corrupt, so unlawful, that you’re willing to fight the release of your tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court."

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Trump has spent 50 years trying to live up to his father — now his presidency will forever be stained: MSNBC panelist

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Rev. Al Sharpton said during his MSNBC show Sunday that the legacy of impeachment will forever be a stain on President Donald Trump's presidency. While a Democratic strategist pointed to Trump's history of always falling short.

"The fact is I've known Donald Trump for 35 years," Sharpton said during a panel discussion. "Marched on him after the Central Park Five. Had other times he would try to be a Democrat, would come to our National Action Network conventions. One of the things that is core to him is that he's always fought for legitimacy. He was never looked at as a peer by the legitimate business community in New York and around the country. Now for him to be impeached, even if he's not convicted and removed, it gives him the imprimatur from here out that he's illegitimate. There will always be the asterisk on his name that schoolchildren will read. Is this the reason we're seeing 170-some-odd tweets from Mr. Trump that he is feeling at the core that his legitimacy as a president will be permanently stained?"

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Conservative pens scathing op-ed with sarcastic defense of Republicans’ humiliating hypocrisy

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Conservative columnist Max Boot wasn't shocked when he saw Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proclaim he had no intention of being an independent juror during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Trump antagonist penned his Sunday column dripping with sarcasm.

His fellow conservative colleague, Jennifer Rubin, similarly said that no one expected anything better from Graham. Boot extended his disdain to the entire Republican Party.

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