White House aide Hope Hicks warned Donald Trump that his statements about the 2020 election being stolen would hurt his legacy. But the former POTUS dismissed her concerns.
Hicks testified that she worried about the Big Lie “damaging his legacy,” especially regarding the House January 6 Select Committee, according to NPR:
‘I was becoming increasingly concerned that we were damaging— we were damaging his legacy.’
The young aide was increasingly concerned about the ex-president’s place in history. Yet in response, Trump scoffed and said “something along the lines of:”
”Nobody will care about my legacy if I lose, so that won’t matter. The only thing that matters is winning.’
The woman’s words verified that Trump understood exactly what was happening at all times. Hicks had also been with the Trump Organization and worked on his 2016 presidential campaign. Then the aide stepped in as her boss’ third White House Communications director. The young woman did go to Fox News when the heat around the White House heightened. Yet in the end, she returned to counsel Donald Trump.
The Select Committee used much of Hicks’ testimony in its latest televised meeting. On Monday, the January 6 Committee announced four criminal referrals against the previous resident of the White House. The Committee made its referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The charges against Trump that the House Committee referred were:
‘[I]nciting an insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to make a false statement, and obstruction of an official proceeding.’
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) served on the Select Committee’s subcommittee that worked on the criminal intent recommendations. The California representative pointed out that Hicks was just one among all the officials and advisors who warned 45 he had no proof of election fraud.
In spite of all the warnings, Trump continued to claim the presidential election had been stolen from him. Representative Zoe Lofgren said, according to C-SPAN:
‘Despite all that, he continued to purposely and maliciously make false claims, sometimes within a day of being told that a particular claim was false and unsupported by the evidence.’
The reason the Select panel pointed at Hick’s testimony was her closeness to the previous president. Still the ex-president shrugged off warnings from his top staff members, his Cabinet, and even people in his own family. They warned the former POTUS to accept the “peaceful transition of power” rather than promote his election had been stolen, his biggest lie.
Representative Lofgren added that he “disregarded their advice,” considering himself a better judge:
‘He disregarded their advice and he continued to claim publicly that the election had been stolen from him.’
Republican advisors wrongheadedly said that only the Republican Party or the Democratic Party would have the country.
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