An anonymous source has informed the US press that White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has been asked to appear before the House Panel in order to be questioned on the ongoing Russia probe.
Miss Hicks has been promoted to White House communications director since September 2017, and previously served as assistant to the president and director of strategic communications.
During the presidential campaign, which is the period the Russia probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is focusing one, she was both a spokesperson and communications director, and being a member of President Donald Trump's transition team the House Panel believes she is well informed about what went on behind closed doors.
Her name also came up in the various probes into Russia and the Trump campaign. Back in December, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had sent a letter to Miss Hicks requesting her for an interview. However, strangely enough, the letter didn’t contain the needed signature of the panel’s Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley.
At the time, Senator Feinstein wrote: “As a longtime staffer of Donald Trump, you have been involved publicly and behind the scenes on several issues of public importance.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hope Hicks to testify in front of House Intelligence Committee as part of Russia probe: Report <a href="https://t.co/EEoRMwrze6">https://t.co/EEoRMwrze6</a> <a href="https://t.co/Jnor2Fbusm">pic.twitter.com/Jnor2Fbusm</a></p>— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) <a href="https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/953145236234043394?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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To the surprise of many after the election win, Miss Hicks stayed on in President Trump’s inner circle. Micheal Wollf, in his book Fire and Fury, explains her influence: “Baffling to almost everyone, Hicks remained his closest and most trusted aide, with, perhaps, the single most important job in the White House: interpreting the media for him in the most positive way it could be interpreted, and buffering him from the media that could not be positively spun.”