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Hope Hicks going 'through hell,' Trump tweets, as Democrats question her about president's potential obstruction of justice

Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and one of President Donald Trump's closest aides, was questioned behind closed doors on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Shortly after Hicks arrived, the Democratic chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, emerged to tell reporters that Hicks was "answering questions put to her" in the committee interview.

But later, while Hicks was still facing questions, other Democrats coming in and out of the room didn't appear satisfied with her answers. While she was answering questions about her time on the campaign, they said, she was not answering any questions about her time at the White House.

A source in the room confirmed that Hicks said she had no knowledge of hush money payments during the 2016 campaign to women who claimed they'd had an affair with Trump, but wouldn’t discuss what she learned about them during her White House service. Trump has denied the affairs.

Hicks said nothing to reporters when she emerged from the room as the committee took a lunch break, and as the interview continued into the afternoon, Trump tweeted that Democrats were putting the "wonderful" Hicks "through hell."

Hicks left without commenting shortly before 5 p.m. after a full day of testimony that started at 9 a.m.

Committee lawyers and members were prepared to question Hicks about her time in the White House and instances of potential obstruction detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report as part of his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The committee announced Hicks' agreement to appear last week and has said it plans to release transcripts from the hearing shortly after its conclusion.

On Tuesday afternoon, the White House sent a letter to Nadler that stated that Trump has instructed Hicks not to answer questions related to her time serving as a senior adviser in the White House, claiming she was "absolutely immune" from being compelled to testify" about her White House service.

"Because of this constitutional immunity and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of President, the President has directed Ms. Hicks not to answer questions before the Committee relating to the time of her service as a senior adviser to the President," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote.

White House lawyers used the same argument to prevent former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying on similar matters before the committee.

Nadler responded in a letter Tuesday afternoon, saying "I reject that assertion."

"Questions will be posed to her and we will address privilege and other objections on question by question basis," Nader said.

A member of the White House counsel's office was in the room during her appearance Wednesday.

While the White House does not use the "immunity" argument as it relates to Hicks' time on the campaign, Cipollone addressed the committee's expressed interest in questioning Hicks about her time during the presidential transition.

"Much of Ms. Hicks's work during this period involved discussions with the President-elect and his staff relating to the decisions the President-elect would be making once he assumed office," Cipollone wrote. "Accordingly, her responses to specific questions about this period would likely implicate executive branch confidentiality interests concerning that decision-making process."

Last week, the White House directed Hicks not to comply with document requests from late May for White House records issued by the committee related to the Trump campaign and transition, though she did turn over some materials related to the campaign.

In a letter to the panel, Robert Trout, a lawyer representing Hicks, detailed some of the campaign-related materials provided to the committee. Trout noted that Hicks had previously turned over similar records March 22.

Documents related to Hicks' time in the White House and presidential transition were not turned over, Trout maintained, arguing the decision to release documents originating with the White House and transition "is not hers to make."

Cipollone made a similar point in a previous letter to Nadler, writing that the documents "include White House records that remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege. Because Ms. Talley and Ms. Hicks do not have the legal right to disclose the White House records to third parties, I would ask that the Committee direct any request for such records to the White House, the appropriate legal custodian."

Annie Donaldson, McGahn's former chief of staff, has also been subpoenaed to appear before the committee next Monday.

In a statement released last week, Nadler said his committee will attempt to resolve any privilege disagreements "while reserving our right to take any and all measures in response to unfounded privilege assertions."

A House Judiciary Committee aide suggested the panel would not find it acceptable for Hicks not to answer any questions about her time in the White House.

Hicks, who served as a Trump Organization employee and the press secretary for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign before assuming her roles in the White House, was one of Trump's closest confidantes on the campaign trail and in the early half of his presidency.

This will not be her first closed-door appearance before a House committee -- she appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for an eight-hour, closed-door session in February 2018 and told the panel her work for Trump occasionally required her to tell "white lies."

She also was asked about the controversial Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June 2016. She resigned from her position in the White House the following day.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the time that Hicks' departure had little to do with the testimony.

Hicks, who is mentioned in the special counsel's report dozens of times, also was a witness in Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia during the 2016 election, having sat for two days of closed-door interviews with the special counsel's team.

The ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, told reporters members are learning nothing new from her testimony because it’s all laid out in the Mueller report. He accused Democrats of just wanted to re-litigate the report.

"She’s answering questions that she can and she’s been cooperative with this," Collins said. He called the Hicks interview Wednesday a "press release" and a PR stunt by Democrats.

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Hope Hicks

American public relations executive and political advisor

Hope Hicks

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In office
March 9, 2020 – January 12, 2021

Serving with Kellyanne Conway and
Derek Lyons

PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJohnny DeStefano
Succeeded bySteve Ricchetti
Jeff Zients
In office
September 12, 2017 – March 29, 2018
Acting: August 16, 2017 – September 12, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byAnthony Scaramucci
Succeeded byBill Shine
In office
January 20, 2017 – September 12, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMercedes Schlapp
Born

Hope Charlotte Hicks


(1988-10-21) October 21, 1988 (age 32)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationSouthern Methodist University (BA)

Hope Charlotte Hicks[1] (born October 21, 1988) is an American public relations executive and political advisor who served in PresidentDonald Trump’s administration from 2017 to 2018 and 2020 to 2021. She served as White House Director of Strategic Communications from January to September 2017 and as White House Communications Director from 2017 to 2018.[2][3] Hicks served as a Counselor to the President from 2020 to 2021.[4]

A former child model, Hicks was an employee of the Trump Organization before becoming press secretary and early communications director for the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, as well as the national press secretary for the presidential transition team.[5][6]

She was Trump's longest-serving political aide until she resigned as White House Communications Director in March 2018.[7][8] After her resignation, she was Fox Corporation's chief communications officer and executive vice president.[9][10] She returned to the White House as Counselor to President Trump in March 2020, before departing for the final time on January 13, 2021.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Hicks is the daughter of Caye Ann (Cavender) Hicks and Paul Burton Hicks III.[12] She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.[13][14] Her father was Regional CEO, Americas[15] of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and executive vice president of communications for the National Football League from 2010 to 2015, before becoming managing director of the Glover Park Group.[5][13][16][17][18] Her family had a history in government administration: her mother was an administrative aide to Ed Jones, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee; her maternal grandfather, G. W. F. "Dutch" Cavender, worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an administrator during two different administrations; and her maternal grandmother, Marilee Cavender, worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation.[19]

Hicks was a teenage model, appearing in Greenwich magazine in 2002.[7] She then posed for a Ralph Lauren campaign with her older sister Mary Grace, and was the face of the Hourglass Adventures novels about a time-traveling 10-year-old.[7] She was the cover model for The It Girl (2005), the first novel in the series by Cecily von Ziegesar.[20]

Hicks attended Greenwich High School, where she was co-captain of the lacrosse team and graduated in 2006.[14][21][22] She then attended Southern Methodist University, where she majored in English and played on a club lacrosse program she helped start. She graduated in 2010.[7][14][23]

Career[edit]

Trump Organization[edit]

Hicks began in public relations with the New York City firm Zeno Group.[18] She joined public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies in 2012, after meeting the firm's founder at a Super Bowl event, and worked there for Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, on her fashion line, and then on other Trump ventures.[14][24]

In August 2014, Hicks joined the Trump Organization full-time.[16] She worked for Ivanka Trump inside Trump Tower, helping expand her fashion label (the Ivanka Trump Collection) and modeling for her online store.[25] In October 2014, she began working directly for Donald Trump.[26]

Trump 2016 campaign[edit]

In January 2015, Donald Trump chose Hicks, who was 26 at the time, for the role of press secretary for his potential presidential campaign.[27][28] Trump summoned her to his office and, as she tells it, "Mr. Trump looked at me and said, 'I'm thinking about running for president, and you're going to be my press secretary.'"[25] Until that time, she had never worked in politics or volunteered on a campaign.[29] After Trump's first primary victories, Hicks was asked to choose between staying with the Trump Organization or working on the campaign full-time. She initially decided to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain, and she stayed on as press secretary.[14]

During the campaign, she played the role of gatekeeper to press members who wanted to speak with Trump, handling over 250 requests a day and deciding which reporters would be allowed to speak with him.[13][29] Hicks also took dictation from Trump for his tweets, and then sent the text to another person in the Trump organization who sent the tweets from Trump's official account.[25][30] When in New York City, she would spend most of her day in Trump's office, handling inquiries from the press and taking dictation from him to tweet.[27]

Trump administration[edit]

On December 22, 2016, it was announced that Hicks would become part of the Trump administration, in the newly created position of the White House director of strategic communications. In January 2017, Hicks was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, having "served as a one-woman press team" for Trump's presidential campaign.[31]

On August 16, 2017, she was appointed as the interim White House communications director (the last director having been Anthony Scaramucci). Politico labeled her the "Untouchable Hope Hicks", as she was considered one of the few White House officials whose job was safe, and one of only two White House communications officials Scaramucci had announced were definitely staying when he was first hired.[32] She was appointed permanent White House communications director on September 12, 2017.[33]

On February 27, 2018, Hicks gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. She acknowledged that she sometimes had to tell "white lies" in her work as communications director, but refused to answer any questions about her tenure in the White House.[34] The next day the White House confirmed to The New York Times that Hicks planned to resign.[35] According to "multiple sources", she had been planning to resign for months, and her announcement was unrelated to the events of the preceding 24 hours.[36] She officially resigned on March 29, 2018.[37]

On March 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Hicks requesting information regarding alleged obstruction of justice by the current administration.[38] (She was mentioned over 180 times in Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice; the report was released on April 18, 2019.)[39] The Committee subpoenaed documents and her testimony on May 21, 2019.[40] On June 4, 2019, the Trump White House invoked executive privilege, directing Hicks to not provide any documents related to her employment in the Trump administration.[41]

She agreed to testify in a closed-door session on June 19, 2019,[42] during which lawyers for the Trump administration forbade Hicks from answering questions 155 times, claiming that due to "absolute immunity", Hicks "may not speak about anything that occurred during the time of her employment in the White House as a close adviser to the President".[43][44] Hicks testified on the scheduled date, and also complied with the White House request to not answer questions.[45][46][47][48] On July 18, 2019, unredacted search warrant documents from the Michael Cohen criminal case were released, and it appeared a strong possibility that Hicks had known about hush payments made by Michael Cohen on behalf of Donald Trump before the dates she had previously claimed.[49]

In February 2020, it was announced that Hicks would return to the White House Office as an aide to Jared Kushner and counselor to President Donald Trump.[4] She officially assumed her roles at the White House on March 9.[50]

On June 1, 2020, during the George Floyd protests in Washington, Hicks and others suggested that Trump walk to St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House to make a public appearance. Law enforcement subsequently used tear gas and other riot control tactics to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square and surrounding streets, creating a path for President Donald Trump and senior administration officials, including Hicks, to the church.[51] It was later reported Hicks had suggested Trump say a prayer at this appearance, but he held up a Bible instead.[52]

On October 1, 2020, it was announced that Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19.[53][54] Because of her positive test and her recent travels with the president, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were also tested. Hours later, Trump announced that both he and Melania had tested positive and would immediately go into quarantine at the White House.[55][56][57]

Fox Corporation[edit]

Between March 2018 and March 2020, Hicks was Fox Corporation's chief communications officer and executive vice president.[9][10] During this time, she made over $1.8 million.[58]

Personal life[edit]

Hicks and her sister lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she splits her time between an apartment there and an apartment in Manhattan. When Trump was elected, she moved to Washington, D.C.[22][27][29]

Hicks dated Rob Porter, former White House Staff Secretary for PresidentDonald Trump, from 2017 to late 2018; their relationship had ended by December 2018.[59][60] In 2020, she was reported to date Goldman Sachs Managing Director and member of the President's Intelligence Advisory BoardJim Donovan.[61]

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Hope Hicks landed her first job seven months after leaving her post as White House communications director. The 29-year-old has been named executive vice president and chief communications officer for new “Fox,” the company to emerge early next year after Disney’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox. (Fox News, Fox Sports, and the company’s broadcast network and TV stations are not included in the sale.) She will report to Viet Dinh, Fox’s chief legal and policy officer.

Donald Trump and Hope Hicks in March 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Hicks, who entered politics three years ago when she joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before becoming one of his closest advisers, will move to Los Angeles for the position. She previously worked in public relations, which will be a major part of her new role.

Naturally, Twitter was quick to react to the news, with many people unsurprised over Hicks’s move.

She got well wishes too, from Sarah Sanders and Geraldo Rivera.

The president has yet to weigh in, but he’s likely thrilled.

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

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Hope Hicks arrives to talk to House lawmakers

Tom Arnold shares Hope Hicks' cellphone number after she tests positive for coronavirus

Tom Arnold shared Hope Hicks' personal cellphone on Twitter just hours after news broke that she'd tested positive for coronavirus.

Hicks, a counselor to President Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to an administration official, and she had traveled with the president a number of times within the last few days.

In a since-deleted tweet, Arnold offered fans an opportunity to speak with Hicks directly.

"Silent thoughts & prayers aren't enough for national treasure Hope Hicks," the 61-year-old actor wrote. "She needs to hear them."

TOM ARNOLD SUGGESTS PEOPLE EXERCISE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AGAINST UNMARKED POLICE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Tom Arnold shared a phone number on Twitter that he claimed belongs to Hope Hicks. (Getty Images)

Arnold then shared a number he claimed to be "her personal cell."

The star has been very outspoken in his disdain for Trump and the current administration.

In June, he called for “liberal men” to exercise their Second Amendment rights on unmarked law enforcement in Washington D.C.

WHITE HOUSE AIDE HOPE HICKS TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

The actor took to Twitter to encourage violence from people protesting police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, after Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. In response to reports that President Trump had dispatched additional federal law enforcement in riot gear without visible badges or name identification, Arnold suggested that liberals in D.C. arm themselves.

Hope Hicks, counselor to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus. (Getty Images)

“2nd Amendment is for everyone including black men with long guns but it's f---ing time for us white liberal men to stand up for our brothers & sisters. Borrow our dad's hunting rifles & go nose to nose with Trump’s gang of misfit tools. Let's do it,” he wrote on Twitter.

The tweet was in response to a video showing people in riot gear forming a blockade in the nation’s capital. However, it was unclear who the units were or whose orders they were following.

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“Completely unmarked officers in riot gear holding protesters blocks away from the White House. No badges. No insignias. No name tags. Nothing. Refused to tell us who they’re with,” the initial tweet read.

Fox News' Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report

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Tom Arnold posts Hope Hicks's personal cellphone number on Twitter following positive COVID test

Actor Tom Arnold posted the personal cellphone number of White House adviser Hope Hicks on Twitter after it was revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus.

"Silent thoughts & prayers aren't enough for national treasure Hope Hicks,” Arnold wrote in a now-deleted tweet. "She needs to hear them."

Arnold has been a longtime critic of President Trump and his administration, especially on social media, including an instance in 2018 where the Secret Service visited his home and questioned him following a tweet suggesting he wanted to “bodyslam” the president.

Hicks reportedly tested positive for the virus on Thursday and is also said to be experiencing symptoms.

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” President Trump tweeted Thursday night. “Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”

[LIST:People in Trump's orbit tested for COVID-19 ]

Later that night, the president tweeted that he had also tested positive for the virus along with First Lady Melania Trump.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

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What Hope Hicks’s departure says about the White House
  • Hope Hicks reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The former White House communications director returned to the Trump administration in spring 2020 as an aide to senior advisor Jared Kushner.
  • Hicks previously came under scrutiny after she told House Intelligence Committee panel members investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election that she occasionally told "white lies" for President Donald Trump but had not lied about anything related to the Russia investigation.
  • Hicks, 31, started working with President Trump when he was a candidate. The Trump campaign was her first political job.

Hope Hicks stepped down from her role as White House communications director almost two years ago—but now, she's back in the Trump administration. In October 2020, it was reported by multiple publications that Hicks tested positive for COVID-19. While Hicks is in frequent contact with the President, there is no indication that Trump has contracted the virus.

Here are a few things you should know about her.

Hicks returned to the White House in early 2020—but not to the communications department.

Unlike her first tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hicks now reports to Jared Kushner, senior advisor (and son-in-law) to President Trump. Hicks's new title, per the New York Times, is "counselor to the president." Though not all of the functions of her current position are clear, it appears that she has continued to be involved with Trump's communications strategy as well as his reelection campaign.

"There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks," Kushner said in a statement to the Times in February 2020. "We are excited to have her back on the team."

Following her time in the White House, Hicks had been working at Fox.

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She held the title of chief communications officer at Fox Corp., where she worked under CEO Lachlan Murdoch, son of media titan Rupert Murdoch.

She testified before the House Judiciary Committee in June of 2019.

The Committee subpoenaed Hicks—and many other officials who worked in the Trump administration—as a part of its investigation into the President's possible obstruction of justice. She was not forthcoming in her testimony.

March 29, 2018 was Hicks's last day as communications director.

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Photographers snapped President Trump saying goodbye to Hicks outside the Oval Office.

Before she announced her resignation, Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee Panel that she told "white lies" for President Trump.

Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia. She acknowledged that she occasionally told "white lies" for Trump, but said she had not lied about anything relevant to the Russia investigation, according to those present for the closed-door testimony.

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She played an unusually visible role in the Porter debacle.

In early February of 2018, White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after two of his ex-wives detailed physical abuse they suffered. Porter has denied the allegations and was initially supported by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Hicks had a hand in drafting a statement from Kelly, despite the fact that Hicks herself is allegedly romantically involved with Porter. The tide turned against Porter when it was revealed that White House officials have known for months about the allegations and that a year into the administration, Porter still does not have security clearance.

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CNN reported that Hicks continued to privately defend Porter to her colleagues after he resigned, and that Trump has grown frustrated with the once-untouchable Hicks: "Trump has told associates he feels that Hicks put her own priorities ahead of his. However, there is little to indicate that Hicks' standing is in jeopardy."

Hicks was caught up in Mueller's Russia investigation for some time.

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As part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be probing further into a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr., and several Russians with ties to the government, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

When news of that meeting got out in July 2017, the president himself worked with Hicks, his son Donald Jr. and other advisors to draft a statement, ultimately issued in Donald Jr.'s name, which characterized the campaign meeting as "a short introductory meeting" that was "primarily" about Russian adoption.

Mark Corallo, a former spokesperson for President Trump's legal team who resigned last July, reportedly told Mueller "about a previously undisclosed conference call with Mr. Trump and Hope Hicks," in which Hicks said emails written by Donald Trump Jr. about the meeting "will never get out," the New York Timesreported on January 31.

That comment reportedly "left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice," an accusation that Hicks's lawyer denies.

"As most reporters know, it’s not my practice to comment in response to questions from the media. But this warrants a response," lawyer Robert P. Trout said in a statement. "She never said that. And the idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false."

Hicks herself was interviewed by Mueller's team in December of 2017.

Before the end of her White House tenure, Hicks largely remained an enigma.

Though she was a gatekeeper to members of the press who want access to Trump, she's made very few public appearances herself. She tended to stay behind the camera, advising her boss on press strategy. In December 2016, though, she made a rare public appearance at a Trump victory rally in Mobile, Alabama when the president-elect invited the then-28-year-old onstage.

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She grew up in the tony New York City suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Hicks swam at Greenwich Country Club, was co­-captain of the lacrosse team at Greenwich High School, and played lacrosse all four years in college.

She also worked as a model.

At 11, she and her sister were hired for a Ralph Lauren campaign. She appeared on the cover of a Gossip Girl series offshoot and was also tapped as the face of the Hourglass Adventures, a set of novels about a time-traveling 10­-year-­old. (Hicks is still featured in the books' online portal.)

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And did some acting.

Hicks had a cameo on Guiding Light.

She comes from a family well-versed in politics and public relations.

Her parents met while they were working on Capitol Hill—her mother as legislative aide for a democrat from Tennessee and her father as chief of staff for a republican congressman from Connecticut. Her father, Paul Hicks III, served as CEO of the Americas for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and as executive vice president of communications and public affairs for the National Football League before starting his current job as managing director of the Glover Park Group. Her late grandfather, Paul Hicks, was in charge of public relations for Texaco.

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She spent time in Texas.

Hicks attended Southern Methodist University, where, one of her lacrosse coaches said, she was one of the only players to abide by the no-alcohol policy.

She's a team player.

Liz Holmes, one of her SMU coaches, told the Washington Post that "she is highly intelligent and brought that to the field in every game." And while "when needed, she carried the team and would score, [she] preferred to have assists."

In 2012, two years after graduating from SMU, she began working at a public relations firm in New York.

Hiltzik Strategies, her employer at the time, worked with Ivanka Trump and the Trump Organization (its founder, Mathew Hiltzik, is known as a Democratic insider and has worked Hillary Clinton). In August 2014, the Trump organization brought her in-house. There, she handled PR for Ivanka Trump's fashion line (here's a street-style shoot she posed for) and a few Trump resorts, according to New York magazine.

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Donald Trump brought her on to lead communications for his campaign.

She was the "chief conduit to the candidate for hundreds of reporters," the Boston Globe's Matt Viser wrote for T&C. "Hope's been involved from the beginning, and she has been absolutely terrific," the then-president elect told GQ.

But until that time, she hadn't worked in politics.

GQcalled her "a registered but dispassionate Republican since 2008 [who] had never so much as volunteered on a campaign."

While she helped Trump by taking dictation for his tweets during the campaign, you won't find her on Twitter.

Unless you count the parody account @HicksNoComment, which satirizes Hicks's lack of responsiveness.

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She is well-liked by her former bosses and reporters.

"Hope Hicks is incredible,'' onetime Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort (who himself has been indicted by Mueller on 12 felony counts including money laundering, false statements and other acts of conspiracy against the U.S.) told the Hartford Courant. "She has shown incredible depth and breadth. I would never know this [was] her first campaign. She has an incredible skill set in dealing with the media.''

Maggie Haberman, a New York Times political correspondent, echoed the sentiment: "I have always found Hope to be great to deal with," Haberman told GQ, "especially given the volume of requests she must be getting."

She's lived in a Trump apartment.

Hicks has a sister, Mary Grace, with whom she lived in Greenwich, but before she moved to Washington after the inauguration she lived in a Trump building in New York City when she was not traveling.

Maybe she always had an inkling things she would end up in Washington one day.

"If the acting thing doesn't work out," Hicks told Greenwich magazine when she was 13, "I could really see myself in politics. Who knows?"

With reporting from the Associated Press


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Last updated on February 28, 2018, at 6:21 p.m. ET

Posted on February 28, 2018, at 6:18 p.m. ET

News broke Wednesday that White House Communications Director Hope Hicks planned to resign in the coming weeks. What??

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She's the latest in a line of White House communications directors who resigned after short tenures, but she's also one of Trump's closest aides.

Hicks has been part of Trump's inner circle throughout his campaign and his time as president.

Her resignation comes the day after she testified for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, where she reportedly did not answer some questions and confessed to telling "white lies" for the president. Hicks, however, reportedly said she did not lie about anything material to the investigation.

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