The much awaited Congressional interview of Hope Hicks could be classified as an enormous failure because of multiple blockages by a bevy of lawyers.
The former White House adviser appeared Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The attorneys blocked her from answering 150 questions in the combative interview.
The interview frustrated Democrats who hoped to get more information about several episodes that special counsel Robert Mueller reviewed for obstruction of justice.
On Thursday, a 273-page transcript was made available. Here are a few of her meager number of answers.
Hicks did discuss a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer, one of the key events Mueller examined in the part of his report dealing with Russian election interference. Emails leading up to the meeting had promised dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton. Hicks said she learned of the meeting in June 2017, weeks before it became public in the news media.
Hicks also said she discussed with Trump his comment on the campaign trail that openly encouraged Russia to find Clinton’s missing emails. She counseled him as they flew to their next campaign stop “that some in the media had taken the expression quite literally” and considered it inappropriate.
Appearing to break with President Trump, Hicks at one point said she would not accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government and would not advise someone on a campaign to do so.
The previous week, Trump told ABC News that he’d listen to foreign dirt on an opponent, adding, “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”
She was asked about her knowledge of hush-money payments orchestrated by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump — the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal.
Trump has denied the allegations. Cohen is now serving three years in prison partly for campaign violations related to the payments.
Asked whether she had ever met Daniels or McDougal, Hicks replied: “No, sir. I was in high school in 2005.” She also said she was not “aware of a hush payment agreement.”
She also repeated the answer she gave behind closed doors to the House intelligence panel last year that she sometimes told “white lies” for the president.
Hicks told lawmakers she had dinner with Trump in April.
“It was more of a reminiscing about events from the campaign, rallies, things like that,” she said.
Hicks said they did not discuss her testimony.
On Thursday, Trump said he heard Hicks was “terrific” in the interview.