WASHINGTON – Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is slated to give closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee this morning, according to multiple media reports.
Hicks, 30, is a former model and former public relations consultant. She left the White House in March 2018. Her departure followed reports that she told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that she sometimes felt compelled to tell “white lies” while working as the chief White House spokesperson.
Hicks is now executive vice president and chief communications officer for the Fox Corporation.
Hicks worked for the Trump Organization and later served as press secretary for the presidential campaign. She is the first former senior White House official mentioned in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to testify.
On May 21, the Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Hicks. The subpoena requested both documents and her testimony. The committee is investigating alleged obstruction by the administration.
On June 4, the White House invoked executive privilege to block both the transfer of documents and Hicks’ testimony in relation to her tenure in the administration.
The White House wrote Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y) on Tuesday saying Hicks was “absolutely immune” from having to testify about her work in the administration.
The committee is expected to release a transcript of the interview.