We now have more details regarding ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who resigned just one day after the House Intelligence Committee questioned her for nine straight hours.
According to a leak of her testimony provided to CBS News, Hope Hicks not only admitted that President Trump made her lie for him, but that so did other members of the administration, answers that put President Trump’s family in the crossfire, as well.
No wonder Trump was so mad leading him to berate Hicks in the Oval Office as “so stupid.”
“According to the source, said CNN’s Erin Burnett, Trump asked Hicks after the testimony, how she could she be so stupid,” Burnett continued. “And apparently that was the final straw for Hope Hicks.”
Here’s what went down:
Hope Hicks was asked if she was “loyal” to the president, and she asked what the term meant.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, said that “I think loyalty is being committed to somebody. He then asked if Hicks was committed to the president.
She said, “Yes, fully.”
At this point, Hicks was asked if the president ever asked her to lie for him. At this point, Hicks turned to her lawyers in the room and consulted with them for “five to ten minutes” according to Swalwell. Instead of answering the question directly, she said: “I have never been asked to lie with respect to the Russia investigation.”
That’s when the heat started to turn up for Hicks.
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, tried to end the questioning right there by objecting that it was “a bullsh*t question” and tried to rescue Hicks by asking if the question meant if President Trump had ever asked her to tell white lies like he was busy, or on the phone, or ‘Does this suit make me fat?’
Swalwell interjected again and tried to get Hope Hicks to answer his question, and when she wouldn’t, he asked to subpoena her on the spot. U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, who was leading the investigation, said that they should complete the interview first before deciding whether or not to compel her testimony.
Swalwell asked her again: ‘Did you ever lie for Mr. Trump? Hicks again refused to answer and Swalwell again asked for a subpoena.
While this was going on, Hicks started consulting with her attorneys again and she came back with the same answer, saying: She had never lied about any matter related to the Russia investigation, adding she never “knowingly” lied for Mr. Trump apart from “white lies.”
Swalwell continued to turn up the heat on Hicks, asking her if a whole host of Trump associates, including the Trump family, one by one with their names, had ever asked her to lie. Those names included: Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, Corey Lewandowski, Michael Cohen and others.
When every name was mentioned, Hicks declined to answer every single time, except when one name was brought up. That person was Michael Flynn. When she was asked about him, Hicks responded that Flynn never asked her to lie for him “in the campaign.”
When she was asked about the transition period, after Trump was elected, Hicks stated that Flynn had asked her to present something as true that she later learned to be false.
What’s interesting is that she declined to answer on the other names, but when asked about Flynn, she had a response.
Note: She did not deny that those other names asked her to lie. That’s what is so important here.
While Hicks has resigned, she could still be called back if issued a subpoena for more accurate answers.
Rep. Adam Schiff tells @TheView outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks wouldn’t answer “whole areas” of questions during her lengthy interview with the House Intelligence Committee. https://t.co/XX0GgHpuXT pic.twitter.com/zJaTk9sOzx
— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2018