Dems Plan To Use Hicks’ Tight-Lipped Testimony In Legal Fight With Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves after a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hicks is the fi... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves after a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hicks is the first former Trump aide to testify before the panel’s investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and obstruction of justice. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) thinks Hope Hicks’ scarce testimony may be a blessing in disguise.

During an interview with Politico on Thursday, Nadler suggested that Hicks’ refusal to answer questions about her time in the White House will help lawmakers in their lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress. Hicks’ refusal illustrates the lengths the White House has gone to keep witnesses quiet.

“It very much played into our hands,” Nadler told Politico. “It’s one thing to tell a judge blanket immunity is not a right thing. It’s another thing when a judge can see what that means in actuality, and how absurd it is.”

Nadler said lawmakers are currently working on drafting the lawsuit against McGahn and he hopes a win on that front will force the White House to stop resisting their oversight efforts.

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