During a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, White House communications director Hope Hicks admitted to lawmakers that working for President Trump requires her to tell “white lies” as part of her White House duties, according to The New York Times.
“After extended consultation with her lawyers,” Hicks told Congressional investigators she has “not lied about matters material” to the Russia investigations, reports The New York Times.
Hicks declined to answer some questions from the committee about Trump’s presidential transition or her time in the White House. She did not invoke executive privilege during her testimony.
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters Tuesday that Hicks answered “many” questions about the Trump transition period but refused to answer questions about the administration as well as “key events such as the fabrication of that statement about the Trump Tower meeting.”
Schiff criticized Hicks refusal to answer some key questions, calling it “executive stonewalling.”
The Hill adds:
Hicks played a key role during the campaign and transition periods, including the highly scrutinized Trump Tower meeting in June 2016.
She reportedly helped draft Donald Trump Jr.’s initial misleading statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer. The president’s eldest son said the meeting centered around Russian adoptions, while it later became known that he attended the meeting after being promised dirt about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.