Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the Home Judiciary Committee, despatched Hicks an in depth letter earlier this month, asking for paperwork on a wide-range of matters, together with over former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn’s false statements to the FBI, the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s involvement in a hush-money scheme to silence tales about his alleged affairs and the drafting of a deceptive 2017 assertion to the media about Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 assembly in Trump Tower with Russians.
The request included paperwork from “any private or work diary, journal or different e book containing notes, a document or an outline of each day occasions” about Trump, the Trump marketing campaign, the Trump Group and the chief workplace of the President.
Hicks and different present administration officers have agreed to supply paperwork to the committee, in line with Nadler’s spokesman Daniel Schwarz. Hicks’ lawyer declined to remark.
Hicks’ cooperation is available in stark distinction to former White Home chief of employees John Kelly, who’s going through an array of questions from the Home Oversight Committee over his position within the White Home safety clearance course of. Kelly is permitting the White Home counsel’s workplace to reply to the Democrats’ calls for for data, however Hicks seems to be interacting instantly with the Home Judiciary Committee.
Whereas she has agreed to cooperate, it is unclear how a lot data Hicks will in the end present the committee.
Final yr, Hicks testified behind closed doorways earlier than the Home Intelligence Committee, however she didn’t reply the entire questions from Democrats, who on the time have been within the minority.
One of many Trump marketing campaign’s earliest hires, Hicks in 2018 was keen to reply questions concerning the 2016 marketing campaign and a few questions concerning the Trump transition, however she wouldn’t tackle questions on her time within the White Home. Democrats on the committee had urged their Republican colleagues to subpoena Hicks to reply their questions. Now within the majority, Home Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, has indicated he is also inquisitive about getting further data from Hicks, too.
Nadler had set a Monday deadline for 81 people and entities to supply data to the panel as a part of his investigation into potential abuses of energy, corruption and obstruction of justice. Republicans contended that few — solely eight — complied by Monday’s deadline. However Democratic aides stated much more witnesses had agreed to supply data within the coming days — and Hicks is only one such instance.
Hicks is not the one former White Home official who’s cooperating with the Home Judiciary Committee. Former White Home chief strategist Steve Bannon, for example, has already offered the committee with a number of 1000’s of pages of paperwork.
A spokesman for AMI, the mum or dad firm of the Nationwide Enquirer, stated “American Media will adjust to the request.”
Ike Kaveladze, a Russian American who attended the June 2016 assembly at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and the Russian lawyer, has additionally complied with the request, his lawyer instructed CNN. Kaveladze is an extended -time worker of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, who hosted with Trump the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Agalarov requested his son Emin, a Russian pop singer, to arrange the assembly with Trump Jr.
Others, like former White Home counsel Don McGahn, are referring their inquiries from the committee to the White Home.
The Home Judiciary Committee can also be transferring towards its first interview tied to the letters it despatched to kick off the investigation: Felix Sater, who promoted the Trump Tower Moscow undertaking, is scheduled to testify behind closed doorways earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee subsequent Thursday, in line with two sources with information of the looks. It is the day after Sater is slated to testify publicly earlier than the Home Intelligence Committee.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.