Michael Balsamo, Mary Claire Jaronic Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A Jan. 6 committee of the House of Representatives is interviewing Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the meeting said.
Tuesday’s interview will take place when the investigation concludes and the panel has asked Trump for an interview in the coming weeks. The person requested anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Hicks did not play a major role in the White House response to the Jan. 6, 2021 riots. In this riot, hundreds of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol to sabotage President Joe Biden’s proof of victory. At the time, he was Trump’s long-time public affairs aide, but left the White House a few days later.
Still, Hicks was one of Trump’s most trusted aides. According to CNN, which obtained a copy of the text submitted by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, that day, before the then-president’s speech outside the White House, before the violence unfolded, she made several statements. It was looping through texts and emails.
Hicks is familiar with her former boss’s investigation. She was a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and delivered key information to the special counsel’s office that Trump was trying to sabotage that investigation. After the announcement, she declined to answer questions about her time in the White House to House Democrats investigating the former president in 2019, citing privilege concerns.
The New York Times first reported the Hicks interview.
A Jan. 6 panel interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including several White House aides, to establish that Trump was repeatedly told by some of his closest advisers that he lost the 2020 election. But he continued to spread false allegations of widespread election fraud, and his supporters who stormed the Capitol repeated them.
The nine-member committee issued a letter to Trump’s attorneys late last week asking them to continue testifying in the Capitol or at a video conference “before and after” Nov. 14, and for several days if necessary. . The letter also outlined a wide range of requests for documents, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress and extremist groups.
Trump has not yet responded to the subpoena.
The Commission will hold nine public hearings this year and will issue a final report by the end of the year.
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