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Hope Hicks, longtime Trump aide who told embattled former president he lost 2020 election, testifies before Jan. 6 select committee today: report


Then-U.S. President Donald Trump laughs as his senior adviser Hope Hicks addresses the crowd during a campaign event at Ocala International Airport on October 16, 2020 in Ocala, La Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Former Trump White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks testifies privately before the Jan. 6 committee.

  • Hicks allegedly told Trump that he lost the 2020 election and did not work to overturn the results.

  • Hicks has previously testified before Congress about the Mueller investigation, but claimed executive privilege.

Hope Hicks, one of the few White House aides to Trump who refused to go along with the embattled former president’s 2020 election denial plan, is scheduled to speak with investigators from the Jan. 6 select committee on Tuesday.

Hicks is expected to file privately and provide a transcribed interview, according to reports from The New York Times and BNC News. Select committee staff declined to comment on Hicks’ scheduled appearance.

The former model-turned-Trump whisperer reportedly broke with his mercurial boss as he worked to undo President Joe Biden’s legitimate victory. She told Trump he lost and “no one convinced me otherwise,” according to internal deliberations highlighted in the Trump-centric tome “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.”

Trying to get image-obsessed Trump to admit defeat would be “a waste of time,” Hicks added.

Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump’s White House aide, shared a similar anecdote with select committee members earlier this year, testifying that Trump pressed then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to find a way to roll out the election because “I don’t want people to know we lost.”

This won’t be the first time Hicks has testified before Congress. She agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in 2019 regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House lawyers who accompanied her to that meeting prevented her from answering at least 155 questions by invoking a privilege of “absolute immunity” based on her attachment to the executive.

Trump’s post-presidential office did not respond to a request for comment on what Hicks might have to tell House investigators.

The former president called former Trump White House aide Alyssa Farah an “inglorious lightweight” after Farah told CNN that Trump privately admitted losing the election.

Read the original article on Business Insider



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