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President Donald J. Trump meets with White House senior staff members, including Hope Hicks.[1]

Investigative journalist and Trump biographer David Cay Johnston has suggested that everyone take another look at the Rob Goldstone email to Trump Jr. and read it carefully. He says that it makes clear that there was already an ongoing conspiracy between the Kremlin and the Trump Administration. He says that Trump is not a loyal citizen and that his ties to Russia date back to 1983.[2]

On Jun 3, 2016, Rob Goldstone wrote to Trump, Jr.:
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras [Agalarov] this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin [Agalarov]. What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?mI can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first. Best Rob Goldstone
On Jun 3, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. wrote back:
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back? Best, Don” (Emphasis our own, see more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/russian-cyberattacks-are-act-of-war-trump-jr-is-a-traitor)

Hope Hicks, who reportedly admitted to Congress on Tuesday that she sometimes has lied for Trump [3], seems to have acted as an interface between Trump and Trump Jr. in crafting a response to New York Times revelations about the Trump Tower meeting. She is described as huddling in the plane with Trump Sr. and frequently texting Trump Jr. [4] Perhaps she was even instrumental in writing that it was about orphans? In her recent Congressional testimony, “after extended consultation with her lawyers” she claimed not to have lied about “matters material to the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible links to Trump associates,…“, states the New York Times.[3]

The New York Times reported at the end of January: “Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting: Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has pressed witnesses about a statement hastily written last summer aboard Air Force One and wants to know more from President Trump“. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/us/politics/trump-russia-hope-hicks-mueller.html. The article is about the reponse by Trump Jr. to New York Times revelations about the Trump Tower meeting “with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Mrs. Clinton, and an email to the president’s son emerged saying that the information was part of Russia’s effort to help the Trump campaign….” Former spokesman for Trump’s legal team, Mark Corallo, who resigned in July, is said to have had a conference call with Mr. Trump and Hope Hicks. It is alleged that “Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — ‘will never get out.’ That left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice, the people said“. Hope Hicks’ lawyer denied the allegations in a statement. [4] Recall that the statement pretended that the meeting was about Russian adoptions.
Trump, Jr. statement below (Emphasis added)
The Russian lawyer could be a lawyer employed by the Russian Gov-representing them and not be a Russian government official. The statement is playing with words here:


From VOA:
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks Resigning
Last Updated: February 28, 2018 5:59 PM, by Steve Herman
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who has been one of President Donald Trump’s closest confidantes since before his election, is quitting.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

Hicks, 29, who is the youngest-ever White House communications director, refused to answer numerous questions Tuesday in a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee.

Hicks told the panel, according to lawmakers, she had occasionally been required to tell “white lies.” However, she insisted that she had never been untruthful about anything connected to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, in which Republican nominee Trump defeated the Democratic contender, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sources say that Hicks was nervous and shaken by the experience of Tuesday’s all-day grilling before the committee.

Hicks has also previously been interviewed by the special counsel’s team overseeing the Russia investigation.

“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump. I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country,” Hicks said in a statement.

Although Hicks had a very low public profile in what normally is a high visibility position, she oversaw a press office with dozens of people, and for years has been seen constantly by Trump’s side.

The former model, who had no political experience before the presidential campaign, joined the Trump Organization in 2014 after modeling for the online store run by Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, in a statement released with Hick’s resignation announcement, praised her as “a trusted adviser and counselor, and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the President’s agenda, including the passage of historic tax reform.”

Kelly said Hicks “has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed, is an understatement.”

Hicks is the fifth person to have held the title of White House communications director during the 14 months of the Trump administration.

Hedge fund millionaire Anthony Scaramucci, who was Hick’s predecessor, lasted just 10 days in the job. He was fired by Kelly after an expletive-laden interview was published in which Scaramucci criticized several other high-level White House officials.

Hicks, according to White House sources, had been considering departing for months, and her departure was not triggered by Tuesday’s congressional testimony or publicity about former White House aide Rob Porter, who had been in a romantic relationship with her.

Porter, who was White House staff secretary, became enmeshed in scandal after his two former wives accused him of physical abuse. 

Hicks “is the President’s longest-serving aide, having worked with him before he announced his candidacy, through the campaign and into the second year of his administration,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement. “After three years, she approached the President and told him she wanted to leave, so she could start exploring opportunities outside of the White House.”

According to Sanders, Hicks’ precise departure date “is to be determined, but it will be sometime in the next few weeks.” https://www.voanews.com/a/white-house-hope-hicks/4274880.html

[1] “President Donald J. Trump meets with White House senior staff members Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Marc Short, Hope Hicks, Jessica Ditto, Hogan Gidley, Dan Scavino, Raj Shah, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Rob Porter, Mick Mulvaney and Lindsay Walters, in the West Wing communication offices, on the one year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
[2] David Cay Johnston speaks about his new book “It’s Even Worse Than You Think” at “Politics and Prose”. http://youtu.be/y70q0mjujWk Note that we are not responsible for the ads. In at least some instances this channel has been targeted by right wing ads, so don’t be shocked.
[3] NYTimes: “Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump
Ms. Hicks, the White House communications director, told lawmakers investigating Russia’s election interference that she has not lied about matters relevant to their inquiry.”https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/us/politics/hope-hicks-house-intelligence-committee-testimony.html
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks Resigning” Last Updated: February 28, 2018 5:59 PM, by Steve Herman https://www.voanews.com/a/white-house-hope-hicks/4274880.html
[4] NYTimes: “Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting
Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has pressed witnesses about a statement hastily written last summer aboard Air Force One and wants to know more from President Trump.