Judiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony

TheHill | 6/19/2019 | Morgan Chalfant
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is demanding that former White House communications director Hope Hicks clarify her testimony before the committee after he said new court filings suggested there were “inconsistencies” between her words and evidence collected by federal investigators in Michael Cohen’s case.

“We write regarding your testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2019, which appears to be inconsistent with evidence unsealed this morning by a federal judge in New York,” Nadler wrote in a letter released Thursday evening.

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“As I reminded you at the outset of your interview, anything other than complete candor can have very serious consequences. Accordingly, I would expect you to clarify this matter before the Committee in very short order—but no later than August 15, 2019,” he wrote.

Nadler threatened to use the compulsory process if Hicks does not clarify her testimony voluntarily.

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The letter comes after court filings showed Hicks participated in a phone call with then-candidate Donald Trump and Cohen, his former longtime lawyer, at a time when Cohen was trying to prevent the details about an alleged affair with adult-film star Stormy Daniels from becoming public knowledge.

Cohen is currently serving prison time for campaign finance violations stemming from payments made to Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 contest. Both women alleged affairs with Trump, which the president has denied.

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Hicks told the House Judiciary Committee during closed-door testimony in June that she was never "present" when Trump discussed Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, with Cohen and that she had no direct knowledge of payments made to Daniels, according to a transcript of the closed-door interview.

The newly unsealed filings have cast doubt on her statements.

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An April 2018 affidavit justifying search warrants in Cohen’s case states that, after an “Access Hollywood” tape of Trump boasting about...
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