On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC’s Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.
“Let’s talk about Hope Hicks,” said Witt. “What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?”
“Here’s what’s important about Hope Hicks,” said Deutch. “She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that’s the reason that she’s a prominent figure in the Mueller report.”
“I have a whole series of questions that I think I’d like to ask and I look forward to having her answer, but they all get to really the fundamental question of what was happening inside the campaign and inside the White House?” said Deutch. “All of those things that were described in the Mueller report were a starting point that we get to ask about. Then the questions will go from there. It’s that kind of background that’s going to help inform the way this whole process goes forward.”
“But a couple of things here, first of all, the testimony being behind closed doors, in addition to the fact you have a member of White House counsel who will be accompanying her,” Witt pointed out. “How much do you really expect to find out?”
“Well, given the history of the administration throughout this investigation, I’m not kidding myself into believing that suddenly the administration is going to back down in their efforts to stonewall Congress and prevent the American people from getting the truth,” said Deutch. “But if she tries to invoke executive privilege or to blame her inability to respond to questions because the administration has this blanket and unacceptable use of executive privilege, then we’ll call her on it and we’ll reserve all of the ways we have to press to make sure that we get those answers.”
“We’ve seen throughout this entire process an unwillingness of the administration to cooperate,” added Deutch. “The reason is becoming more and more apparent. We saw it in our hearing last week. We saw it in the president’s flustering, his inability to explain why he simply refused to answer questions about obstruction of justice. And we know they turned over materials on this subject. When they turn them over, they can’t rely on executive privilege. We’re going to press to get the truth.”
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!
‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."