Hope Hicks disappoints during testimony before Congress.

By |2019-06-19T13:09:54-08:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |17 Comments

That figures. 

Courtesy of NYT:

After weeks of simmering frustration, House Democrats took their first shot on Wednesday at questioning a key figure from Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice. They were not entirely happy with the results.

Behind closed doors, lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee pressed Hope Hicks, one of Mr. Trump’s closest former aides, on her recollections of episodes documented by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, in which Mr. Trump tried to assert control over investigations of his campaign’s ties to Russian election interference. They also resurrected an older accusation against Mr. Trump: the president’s role in an illegal scheme to make hush payments to two women during his 2016 campaign.

But if the hearing had the potential to kick-start Democrats’ stalled investigations into Mr. Trump, it quickly veered toward an increasingly familiar outcome. Under the direction of White House and her private lawyers, Ms. Hicks declined to answer questions about her time working in the administration and on the presidential transition, citing instructions from the president that she was “absolutely immune” from answering, lawmakers from both parties said.

She even refused, Democrats said, to identify the location of her West Wing office. But Ms. Hicks did engage in queries about her work on the campaign, which is not subject to executive privilege or claims of immunity. The Judiciary Committee said it intended to release a full transcript of the interview within 48 hours.

Democrats were displeased, if not altogether surprised. Even as the interview went on, several lawmakers emerged threatening to take Ms. Hicks to court to enforce a subpoena for her full testimony.

Congressional Democrats were frustrated by HIcs stonewalling.

Courtesy of Politico

“It’s a farce,” added Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who said Hicks at one point tried to answer a question about an episode involving former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski only to be cut off by the White House counsel.

“She made clear she wouldn’t answer a single question about her time unless the White House counsel told her it was okay,” an exasperated Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said in an interview. “She couldn’t even characterize her testimony to the special counsel.”

Deutch added that the White House was not formally asserting executive privilege to block Hicks from answering certain questions; rather, the lawyer was referring to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s Tuesday letter claiming that Hicks was “absolutely immune” from discussing her tenure in the Trump administration.

Lieu said the White House lawyers were “making crap up” to block Hicks from testifying. He said she answered some questions about her time on the Trump campaign that provided new information, but he declined to characterize her comments.

Jayapal said lawyers even objected to Hicks discussing episodes that occurred after she left the White House — and that Hicks went along with it.

“She is making a choice to follow along with all the claims of absolute immunity,” Jayapal said, adding, “Basically, she can say her name.”

The transcript for this farce will be available in the next few days. 

At least we can then see exactly which questions Hicks WAS willing to answer. 

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    More obstruction games by the trump adminstration, hopefully this will all blow up in his face.

    • Anonymous June 20, 2019 at 9:54 am

      It’s not a game, it is crime.

  2. Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Hate t say I told you so……

  3. Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    “Hope Hicks Obstructs Justice. She should be jailed for hiding Trump Crimes and Treason.”
    It’s not over. Hicks is not the biggest fish. She is told how to obstruct by obstructionist WH.

    They have to go through the process to make a case to the court. Hopefully they will do that.
    https://twitter.com/gustopher1/status/1141432450263871488

    • Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      i hope Sater will show more respect and love towards America than a traitor like Hicks.

  4. Lindsay June 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Her primary jobs were to suck Trump’s little weenie and lie nonstop for Trump, Ivanka and Jared. When Ivanka wasn’t fucking her daddy Hope had to step in and she was more than happy to do it.

    • OK June 20, 2019 at 7:18 am

      https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-hatch-act-violation-complaint_n_5d0b776ce4b09f5a54b6f1bf

      Trump violated the Hatch Act by using her official @IvankaTrump Twitter account “for partisan political purposes on several occasions.” The act states that federal employees “may not use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.”
      The complaint acknowledged the biography on Ivanka Trump’s Twitter account describes it as a “personal” feed. But “it is used to support and includes substantial indicia of her official government role,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in the complaint.

      “Based on this confluence of factors, Ms. Trump’s use of the @IvankaTrump account falls squarely within the purview of the Hatch Act, and she cannot use the account to make posts directed at the success or failure of a political party or candidate in a partisan race,”

  5. Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    “Obstruction of justice,” Pelosi says

  6. Beaglemom June 20, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Even if she had “answered” questions, the answers would have been denials of knowing anything about anything. After all, she was “working” for Trump by providing her good looks – and her pants’ steaming talents.

  7. anon June 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/hope-hicks-latest-obstruction-just-gave-the-democrats-a-major-weapon-report/

    Hicks’ appearance gave Democrats, with no time to waste, a promising case to take to court to challenge the White House’s definition of immunity.”
    “Even under the broadest interpretation, immunity doesn’t extend to where you sit at work,” or Kneel.

  8. anon June 20, 2019 at 6:49 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/06/19/democrats-hope-hicks.html

    Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said that House Judiciary Democrats are going to sue to stop Trump’s obstruction of Hope Hicks’ full testimony.

  9. Anon June 20, 2019 at 8:18 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/andrew-mccabe-rains-hell-on-insanely-stupid-trump-in-epic-rant-before-calling-for-impeachment-hearings/

    “On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him “terrible” and saying he couldn’t do anything — including go to the bathroom — without former FBI Director James Comey’s permission. – the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals — private citizens, individuals who serve in our government — to attack personally when he’s scared of the truth that they have to offer.” “As I said, I think the president is afraid,” McCabe shot back. “The president is clearly very concerned about the Russia investigation. He has been since its inception and he has good reason to be concerned about it.” “I think we’ve all seen now with the release of the Mueller report that there was a substantial reason to believe that the president and those around him conducted themselves inappropriately and in many cases illegally” – So it was very clearly not a witch hunt.”’

  10. Anonymous June 20, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Taught well by Trump who was given the ultimate permission from Russia’s main henchman to disobey every law of the land because that’s how he was able to come to power himself.

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