There has been concern about the president and his allies potentially moving to shut down the various concurrent Russia investigations, but for now at least, they’re proceeding, even if their paths forward are fraught with turmoil. One of the most recent tumultuous developments was Senator Dianne Feinstein’s decision to release the full transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony offered before her committee last year.
Now, there’s a new development in the other Congressional chamber’s inquiry into Russian election meddling. According to CNN, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will soon be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee as a part of their ongoing Russia investigation
Hicks, according to CNN, will likely face questioning designed to uncover any knowledge she has of contacts between Trump associates and Russian operatives. She will also likely face questioning about other points of contention, such as the question of just how involved her longtime boss Donald Trump was in the drafting of a deceptive statement about the nature of the infamous meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had in 2016 with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.
Sources speaking to CNN revealed that the “meeting is expected to occur as soon as Friday,” although neither Hicks nor the committee returned requests for comment.
Other longtime Trump associates are expected to appear before the House Intelligence Committee this week, including Steve Bannon and one time Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Hicks is, notably, only the second sitting White House official expected to appear before the committee, the first being Jared Kushner.
She has already spoken with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, having been party to essentially the bulk of Trump’s rise to power.
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