President Donald Trump‘s communications director Hope Hicks will be facing special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team later this month.
The longtime aide to the president is set to be interviewed following Trump’s trip to Asia, Politico reported Tuesday.
Former Trump aides, such as his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and former press secretary Sean Spicer, have already been questioned by Mueller’s team which now turns its focus on daylong depositions of current administration officials.
Considered by some to be one of Trump’s most trusted confidantes, Hicks has been one of the president’s longest-serving aides. She was one of the first to join his campaign in the spring of 2015 after serving at the Trump Organization.
The 29-year-old from Connecticut was a model and actress with no political experience when she joined the Trump campaign, according to Business Insider. Named the administration’s Communications Director in August, Hicks is one of Trump’s youngest advisers and the youngest White House communications director in history.
Hicks worked on Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and was eventually hired by the president’s daughter, joining the Trump Organization, in 2014.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 4, 2017
Hicks earned Trump’s trust and became a fixed part of the campaign, outlasting his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and other senior advisers. Trump invited her up to the microphone to speak at a “Thank You” rally in December when he was president-elect.
i think i can honestly say this is the first time i’ve heard hope hicks speak pic.twitter.com/HuidZhCNVk
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 17, 2016
Hicks’s scheduled interview with Mueller’s team was expected as the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election continues. HIcks, who is traveling to Asia with the president Trump, has already retained a personal attorney, Politico reported.
The investigation’s first indictments were revealed on Monday, against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates who pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including charges of conspiracy and money laundering. George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI.
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