In closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks cited the chaos created by the Steele dossier as her reason not to accept opposition research from a foreign government if she were to again work on a political campaign.
In part of an exchange intended to highlight the recent controversial interview by President Trump, in which he said he would be open to accepting political dirt in 2020, Hicks made clear she still has some alignment with the president since leaving the White House.
Wednesday’s interview by the panel, led by longtime Trump foe Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., was primarily focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction by President Trump and his associates.
The 273-page transcript, released Thursday, shows instances of Hicks snapping at the questions she faced — for instance, at one point she remarked to a lawyer representing the majority party, “we have this thing called Google now, so it’s certainly helpful, I guess, to have it all in one place,” when asked about opposition research from the opposing part, even when it is available to the public.
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