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So What Do We Know About This Woman?

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HOPE HICKS

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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2017 at 9:26 PM

That she is smart if she went to SMU.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Nov. 17, 2017 at 9:31 PM
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is preparing to interview the woman who’s seen it all: Hope Hicks.

She’s been part of Donald Trump’s inner circle for years, first at Trump Tower and then as an omnipresent gatekeeper and fixer who could get emails or other communications directly to the boss during the 2016 campaign. 

As a senior White House adviser and now as communications director, she’s been in the room for moments critical to Mueller’s probe, which has grown to include the president’s response to the Russia investigation itself. 

Hicks’ history with Trump makes her one of the more useful witnesses for Mueller as he looks for insights into the president’s habits and moods. She also is one of the few people well positioned to recount the president’s reactions at various moments as the Russia scandal has sidetracked his presidency — including the Mueller appointment itself.

Mueller’s decision to request an interview with Hicks — who hasn’t been named in any criminal wrongdoing — also indicates he’s reached a critical point in the overall investigation, according to former prosecutors and veterans of past White House investigations. Typically, conversations with such senior-level aides are saved for near the end of a probe. 

“Anytime you can get someone who is the right-hand person or who’s been around the primary target of an investigation, under oath, answering detailed questions, means you’ve progressed very far along in the investigation,” said Adam Goldberg, a former Clinton White House lawyer.

White House attorney Ty Cobb wouldn’t say specifically when Hicks planned to appear before Mueller’s team, though he did say he was “bullish” that all current White House aides, including Hicks, will have completed interviews with the special counsel “shortly after Thanksgiving.” 

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Nothing about the White House’s commitment to fully cooperate with the special counsel, including doing necessary interviews, has changed,” Cobb said on Wednesday. “We continue to be in a full cooperation posture.”

Hicks, her attorney and Mueller’s office all declined comment for this story.

People who know Hicks, 29, say she’s been preparing for months for her sit-down with Mueller’s prosecutors. She’s hired as her attorney Robert Trout, a former assistant U.S. attorney and co-founder of a white-collar law firm that has represented other high-profile people mired in Washington scandals, including President Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell during Watergate, Fawn Hall during Iran-Contra and President Bill Clinton’s paramour Monica Lewinsky. 

Friends in touch with Hicks say they expect her to cooperate fully with the special counsel. “I think she’s smart enough and sensible enough that she knows she’d be doing no one any favors by lying — the best thing she can do for everyone is to tell the truth,” said one friend. 

But the potential for her to be tripped up by investigators looms large given the complexity of the Russia probe and the sheer amount of time Hicks has spent by Trump’s side.

“It’s not going to be easy,” said a former Clinton White House aide who was questioned under oath during one of the many independent-counsel investigations that shadowed that Democratic administration. “It’s more of a root canal than a checkup.”

Hicks first came into Trump’s world in 2012, two years after graduating college, when the New York PR firm at which she was working tapped her to help one of its clients: Ivanka Trump. Donald Trump poached Hicks in October 2014, according to a GQ profile, and she’s listed as the point of contact that month on a news release announcing a new reservation system for the under-construction Trump hotel in Washington that would let people buy the right to book a room “should their chosen candidate become the next President of the United States.”

Hicks continued to work on Trump business operations in 2015, though her portfolio expanded into politics as her boss started hiring his first campaign staffers and early-primary state advisers ahead of his June entry into the presidential race. A McClatchy story that January — profiling the “sideshows of the Republican presidential campaign” — quotes Hicks explaining that Trump’s visits to Iowa and South Carolina in recent years had been done “to advance his goal to make America great again.”

In March 2015, during the span of nine days, Hicks is on a news release touting a new PGA golf tournament at Trump’s Los Angeles course, as the point person for the creation of Trump’s presidential exploratory committee and responding to Trump’s winter residence newspaper, the Palm Beach Post, to explain that he was looking at a run for the White House as a Republican, with plans to give up his NBC show “The Apprentice.”

After Trump officially entered the race in the late spring, with a controversial speech at Trump Tower, Hicks served as one of few core staffers and held a central role as the primary spokesperson for the campaign.

Hicks was dealing with Russia questions as early as December 2015, when she issued a statement on Trump’s behalf calling it “a great honor” after President Vladimir Putin praised him as “an outstanding and talented personality” and the “absolute leader of the presidential race.” 

As the calendar flipped to 2016, Hicks started publicly crossing paths with several campaign associates who would later become central figures in Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In March 2016, Hicks joined Trump at a Washington Post editorial board meetingwhen he first announced a foreign policy advisory team that included Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last month for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.

Papadopoulos, according to Mueller’s court filings, emailed senior Trump campaign aides in late April, including then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, to tell them about calls he’d been getting “about Putin wanting to host him and the team when the time is right.” A month later, in May 2016, Hicks went on the record to the Daily Mail to dismiss a story in the Israeli newspaper Maariv saying Trump was planning a trip after the GOP convention to Israel, Germany and Russia.

She also dealt with Page, who told the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door hearing last month that he had emailed her, Lewandowski and senior aide J.D. Gordon in June 2016 to tell them he had been invited — after joining the campaign — to speak in Moscow.

A month later, Hicks made the first in a series of comments to reporters about Page's speech in Moscow — in which he slammed the U.S. for a “hypocritical focus” on democracy and corruption in Russia — trying to explain it was not reflective of the views of the Trump campaign.

Hicks tangled with Roger Stone, the longtime Trump adviser and GOP dark-arts operative who has drawn scrutiny in the Russia investigation for seemingly predicting WikiLeaks’ October 2016 release of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta. 

And she also had to answer for Paul Manafort, whose role spearheading GOP delegate-counting efforts at the Republican National Convention and later as campaign chairman prompted a series of media inquiries about his past business relationships. The Washington Post reported this September that Manafort had emailed Hicks in April 2016 telling her to disregard the newspaper’s questions about his ties to Putin ally and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska. Manafort was indicted last month along with his protégé, Rick Gates, on multiple charges of money laundering and fraud.

Hicks tried to avoid making waves on several other Russia-related stories as the general election campaign heated up.

She referred media questions in June 2016 to the Secret Service amid the first reports in The Washington Post that Russian government hackers had breached the Democratic National Committee. She pointed reporters back to Trump’s Twitter feed that July after he joked that Russian hackers should help to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s State Department account. 

Two days after Trump’s election win, Hicks told the The New York Times, the Washington Post and other media outlets that the campaign had no contacts with the Russian government. Those comments were quickly debunked, starting with the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, who told reporters that Moscow had been in touch with Trump’s “immediate entourage.” Subsequent reports have revealed Russian meetings with, among others, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Manafort, Page and Papadopoulos.

Hicks has also been present for key Russia-related moments since arriving at the White House. She was with Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey, during the early May weekend when he decided to fire Comey. The Washington Post in September also reported Hicks was in the Oval Office for a meeting the day before the FBI director was ousted when the president described a draft letter he and senior aide Stephen Miller had written spelling out at length Trump’s complaints about Comey. 

According to the Post, Hicks, White House spokesman Josh Raffel and lawyers for Kushner tried unsuccessfully while flying home from Germany in July on Air Force One to urge Trump into a more transparent public response as news broke about the Trump Tower meeting his eldest son had organized during the campaign with a Russian lawyer who was offering dirt on Clinton.

Hicks was also the only Trump aide in the room when the president sat for a Times interview in July where he revealed he wished he hadn’t nominated Sessions to be attorney general because of his recusal over the Russia probe. He also questioned the political leanings and ethics of Sessions’ deputy Rod Rosenstein.

Mueller’s team has already interviewed others who worked in the White House —including former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer — but almost no one can offer prosecutors the window into the past 2½ years that Hicks can.

“If she is forthcoming and cooperative, she can be very useful to them,” said Renato Mariotti, a former assistant U.S. attorney closely tracking the case, who added that Hicks can explain “what was normal” and “what wasn’t normal” during the course of a typical day in the Trump campaign and the White House.

“Her access to Trump is going to be important, what she saw, what she heard,” Mariotti added.



I guess Mueller will get to the bottom of it ALL.

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2017 at 9:45 PM
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This is how a good investigation should go.  You interview all.  But, we know that some of Mueller's associates have done some unruly things that after indictments were given, they were eventually thrown out.  

Let me ask you this....are you giving Hillary and Podesta a past on their Russian connections?

Quoting Sisteract:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is preparing to interview the woman who’s seen it all: Hope Hicks.




I guess Mueller will get to the bottom of it ALL.



NWP
by guerrilla girl on Nov. 17, 2017 at 10:13 PM
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^ whataboutism^
SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Nov. 18, 2017 at 12:25 AM
I am wondering how many people are willing to put their careers/ freedom on the line for Trump...time will tell.
BmoreRavens
by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2017 at 1:23 AM

Hope Hicks and her boyfriend broke up due to President Trump’s Campaign

Hope Hicks in White House with Uncle Sam; the Bald Eagle.

Donald Trump’s Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks, age 27, broke up with her boyfriend of more than six years due to Trump‘s election campaign. The relationship between Hicks and her partner was going well until campaign; it created misunderstanding between the couple.

Former Model and dead ringer for Super model Hilary Rodha, Hope Hicks, was intensely busy in Trump’s campaign which was worth it; after all Trump won the Presidency with 306 electoral votes against Hillary Clinton. As the result of her busy schedule, Hicks and her long term boyfriend had to split up. Despite this depressing fact Hicks remained calm and determined through out the election.

Hope Hicks in hometown magazine coveer of 2002. She is previously a model.

Hope Hicks in hometown magazine cover of 2002. She was previously a model.

However, the campaign might not be the only reason that made Hope and her boyfriend separated. She hasn’t spoken about it particularly so you can guess. The name of her former date is not disclosed publicly.

Donald Trump and Hope Hicks having dinner.

Donald Trump and Hope Hicks having dinner.

During the campaign there used to be more than two hundred fifty media requests to meet Trump which was solely handled by Hope Hicks. She must be extremely busy during the entire campaign. She is known to execute her work efficiently although she has no experience in political activities. Her college friend confirms that her work ethics were very good.

Hope Hicks listening to President Donald Trump in conference.

Hope Hicks listening to President Donald Trump in Republican rally at Iowa.

Hope Hicks might be new in politics but her family is not. Her parents Paul and Caye were both from political background. Her father was Republican and her mother was Democrat.

Hope Hicks with her Sister Mary Grace Hicks (left), Father Paul Hicks and her mother Caye Hicks.

Hope Hicks with her Sister Mary Grace Hicks (left), Father Paul Hicks and her mother Caye Hicks.

Before meeting Donald, Hope was modelling for his daughter Ivanka Trump with her collection of jewellery and brand. Working with Ivanka made her closer to Donald and she impressed him. Trump considered Hope as outstanding and understanding.

Hicks is the youngest member on Trump’s administrative team. Corey Lewandowski was another young person before Trump fired him from the position of campaign manager and replaced with Kellyanne Conway. Conway and Hicks are top women in The White House now. Also, Trump thanked both and bring them on stage in his victory rally in Alabama.

Hope Hicks with Kellyanne Conway. The two powerful women in Donald Trump's administration in White House.

Hope Hicks with Kellyanne Conway. The two powerful women in Donald Trump’s administration in White House.

Kellyanne is the counselor to the president and her husband George Conway might be next US Solicitor general if he gets approval from senates. George had defended Paula Jones against former president Bill Clinton in sexual harassment case.

BmoreRavens
by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM

Hope Hicks Personal Life. Find about her independent life, being Trump secretary and her secret boyfriend.

Twenty Seven Year old Hope Hicks is a former model and the press secretary of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential Campaign.

Hicks is a product not of Washington but of the Trump Organization, a marble-walled universe where one’s delightful agreeability and ferocious loyalty are worth more than conventional experience.Hicks  graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she played lacrosse for four years.

She is highly intelligent and brought that to the field in every game. She was the ultimate team player and the competitor. Hicks—who never appears on TV and rarely talks to reporters—resembles a traditional political spokesperson about as much as Trump resembles Mister Rogers.

Hope Hicks family

She is young woman juggling Trump’s message who was from Greenwich, Connecticut, a wealthy suburb of New York. Her dad, Paul Hicks III, was a top executive at a PR firm and the NFL’s executive vice president of communications before his current job: managing director at the Glover Park Group. Paul Hicks, her late grandfather, was vice president and general manager of public relations for Texaco. She is currently living in a Trump apartment in New York City when she is not traveling.

Hope Hicks; also a fashion model

Her career started in 2012, when she joined the public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies. There, she worked with the Trump organization, according to the Washington Post. As an employee of PR firm Hiltzik Strategies, Hicks began working with Ivanka Trump on her fashion line in 2012, and then on other Trump ventures.

In Trump’s Presidential campaign

She has no political experience prior to Trump Campaign. In August 2014 she joined the Trump Organization full-time Donald Trump earmarked her for the role of press secretary in January 2015 when planning for a potential presidential run. Trump called her into his office and said he was making her the press secretary for his upcoming presidential campaign, which officially started in June. After Trump’s first primary victories, Hicks was asked to make a choice between staying with the Trump Organization and fully pledging herself to the campaign. Her initial decision was to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain and she has stayed on as press secretary.It is probabaly because of the huge net worth she has but we really can’t decide for her.

Hicks is the sole gatekeeper for Trump’s media requests. She reportedly receives upward of 250 requests to speak with Trump per day, but “she alone decides who gets in and who’s kept out, Hicks is the sole gatekeeper for Trump’s media requests. She reportedly receives upward of 250 requests to speak with Trump per day, but “she alone decides who gets in and who’s kept out.

Affair with Corey Lewandowski?

Her intense work schedule on Trump’s campaign caused the breakup with her boyfriend of six years.

She’s the only young woman in Trump’s inner circle — which included Corey Lewandowski; an American political operative. He is a political commentator at CNN and the former campaign manager of businessman Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for President of the United States from January 2015 to June 2016.

Trump fired Lewandowski on June 20, 2016, the campaign manager charged with battery after he allegedly roughed up a female reporter. Hicks’s job has included issuing statements in defense of Lewandowski. He was replaced by Kellyanne Conway.

Donald Trump was seeking legation action against a former staffer for going to the press about an alleged affair between two unnamed Trump staffers former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and press secretary Hope Hicks were secret lovers.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Nov. 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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Quoting SeanandNoahsmom: I am wondering how many people are willing to put their careers/ freedom on the line for Trump...time will tell.

I.m watching this play out. I'm surprised that this girl has been able to remain unknown to the media "news" for so long. She has been personally connected to for Trump for awhile. IIRC, she was even living in Trump Towers.

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