Mueller’s Interview With Hope Hicks May Signal He’s Closing in on the Target

by Mark Sumner –

If Business Insider is right, Trump’s lawyer may be more accurate than anyone knew when he said Mueller was getting close to wrapping up his investigation.

A report from Politico this week, which found that the special counsel Robert Mueller is gearing up to interview the White House communications director, Hope Hicks, indicates that one of the many threads of the Russia investigation is probably moving into its final stages.

Why would interviewing Hicks show that the investigation—or at least, one part of the investigation—was about to cross the finish line?

“Any time 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,” Goldberg told Politico.

Hicks has served not just as a press secretary and surrogate for Trump during the campaign, she’s been his personal email “firewall.” When someone wants an email to reach Trump, without leaving behind that nasty evidence that it reached Trump, they forward it to Hicks. That’s put her in the room for many of Trump’s big decisions—and also, as David Corn would like to remind Mueller, made her part of the cover-up.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly aiming to interview the White House communications director as part of the Trump-Russia investigation. When he and his team of lawyers do so, they presumably will be mindful that the 29-year-old Hicks told one of the biggest whoppers of the 2016 campaign.

That lie? That there was no communication between the campaign and “any foreign entity.”

“It never happened,” she said. “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

Hicks wasn’t just telling “what she knew,” she was lying. Because by the time she made that statement, she’d been in the loop for communications about Russia that came from Papadopoulos, Page, Kushner, Sessions and … that other guy.

… Hicks was also with the president on Air Force One when he “dictated” an initially misleading statement that his son Donald Trump Jr. issued in response to reports that he met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

In addition to all the direct communication with Russia, Hicks was also on hand for the various levels of scheming to get rid of former FBI director James Comey—from the initial Stephen Miller-Trump collaboration through the final act with Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.

And not only was there Trump Jr.’s involvement in the Trump Tower meeting, there was his direct communication with WikiLeaks—another “foreign entity” that was certainly in communication with the campaign. Junior emailed Hicks directly about that one.

She was with Trump when he decided to fire FBI chief James Comey. She was on Air Force One when Trump reportedly got involved in drafting a misleading White House statement regarding the meeting between Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort and the Russian emissary. Mueller and his crew have much to talk about with Hicks. But she is not just any witness. She is part of the cover-up.

In case you’re wondering how Trump locates all the best people, Hicks was a former Ralph Lauren model with zero experience in either government or politics. She had signed on with Ivanka Trump to do publicity for her clothing line when—five months after she showed up at Trump Tower—Donald Trump picked the then 26-year-old to be his press secretary.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos