Hope Hicks, White House Communications Director and close aide to popular vote loser Donald Trump, could be in big trouble and may be looking at obstruction charges of her own for comments she made about Donald Trump Jr.’s email.
According to the New York Times and three sources close to the situation that corroborated, former Trump team legal spokesperson Mark Corallo claims that Hicks told President Trump on a conference call that the Trump Jr. emails (between Jr. and Russian operatives) “will never get out,” and that he plans to share the conversation with Robert Mueller.
CNN reports that “Corallo is scheduled to be interviewed by Mueller’s team in the next two weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the matter, and is expected to be asked about the Air Force One meeting in which the President and his staff crafted the statement responding on behalf of Trump Jr. to the controversy over the June 2016 Trump Tower campaign meeting.”
“The Times reported that sources said Corallo was concerned by what she said, and thought she was either being naive or implying that the emails could be withheld from the special counsel’s team.”
Trump and all his minions, like Hicks, can keep denying it, but the picture of Russian collusion just keeps getting stronger and stronger as Robert Mueller continues to dig up every detail.
Naturally, a lawyer for Hope Hicks has denied the allegations.
“As most reporters know, it’s not my practice to comment in response to questions from the media. But this warrants a response,” said the lawyer, Robert P. Trout. “She never said that. And the idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false.”
Nevertheless, unless Hicks cuts a plea deal, she is most likely destined for charges from Mueller. It’s hard enough to imagine a Trump adviser knowledgeable of a Trump plot to obstruct justice. And it’s even harder to imagine an adviser offering up ideas on how he could do so. But when you talk about withholding or destroy evidence, it’s not going end well for you.
Hope Hicks should have learned by now that there’s no way to truly “destroy” an email, because copies will always exist on a device or server somewhere. Regardless, this news suggests that her interview with Mueller late last year is sure to raise questions now that perhaps weren’t raised then. That said, cutting a deal may be her only saving grace.