Little white lies could be a very big problem for Hope Hicks

The White House communications director has occasionally told fibs for Donald J. Trump, according to what little we’ve heard spill out after her closed-door testimony with congressional investigators.

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Hope Hicks has occasionally told fibs on behalf of her boss, but they only amounted to white lies, according to what little we’ve heard spill out after her closed-door testimony Tuesday with congressional investigators.

She did not answer questions about her time at the White House, joining former President Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon in claiming those communications are privileged. And she was reticent at first to discuss the transition period. It’s not exactly clear when the white lies may have occurred.
Hicks argued she hasn’t had to lie about substantive issues for Trump, according to the source with knowledge of her Tuesday comments that spoke to CNN’s Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb.
That the White House communications director should have to lie on behalf of her boss, who is a serial boaster, stretcher of the truth and documented outright fibber, should not be surprising.
That she would admit to even the smallest fib in the context of testimony about Russian election meddling is something else entirely. Even a white lie implies intentional misleading.
While Hicks’ testimony was not before special counsel Robert Mueller, he is unlikely to take very kindly to lies, even those of the white variety. Lying to the FBI — if that’s what happened here — is no joke.
Witness: Three people tied to the Trump campaign (former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign official Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos) have pleaded guilty as part of Mueller’s probe. All of them admitted lying to the FBI. A Dutch lawyer, the son-in-law of a Russian billionaire, has also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of the special counsel inquiry. CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellin and Liz Stark have tracked all of the developments.
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source: cnn

 

 

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