A source familiar with the details told CNN that Hope Hicks, who served as communications director for former President Donald Trump, is being interviewed by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, investigation into the U.S. Congress. Building attack.
Hicks had previously conducted “unofficial interviews” with the committee and was recalled for a formal interview, according to two different sources.
CNN has reached out to the committee and Hicks’ attorneys for comment. News of Tuesday’s meeting was first reported by The New York Times.
According to multiple books published in the final months of the Trump White House, Hicks told Trump that he lost the 2020 presidential election and faced backlash for not believing the election was stolen.
According to Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” Trump was quoted as saying, “Well, Hope doesn’t believe me.”
“No, I don’t know,” Hicks replied, according to the book. “No one else convinced me otherwise.”
According to another book by Carol D. Loennig and Philip Rucker about Trump’s time in the White House, “I Can Solve It Alone,” Hicks told Trump on November 9, 2020, “Listen. , sir, I’m sorry,” he added “you won’t be able to win it back. There’s no way you can win it.”
According to the book, Trump told Hicks that she was wrong and that “people told me all the evidence.”
In Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s ‘Dangerous’, Hicks told Trump to focus on his legacy rather than the election, Trump reportedly said, ‘I can’t do that. I don’t care about mine heritage.”
In Michael C. Bender’s book “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” Hicks was described in a November meeting as Trying to get Trump’s team moving forward from the election and being slapped by Trump’s sons, “What you’re saying isn’t even an option.”
Hicks didn’t play a major role in Trump’s final weeks in office.
The committee sought to prove throughout its investigation and public hearings that the various individuals surrounding Trump did not believe the election was stolen or lied about the former president’s election and told him about it.
This story and title have been updated with more developments.