The panel interviews former Trump aide Hope Hicks on Jan. 6

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A House committee is interviewing Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump, on Jan. 6, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Tuesday’s interview comes as the investigation is wrapping up and the panel has called Trump for interviews in the coming weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Hicks did not play a major role in the White House’s response to the January 6, 2021 uprising, in which hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and disrupted the certification of victory for President Joe Biden. Trump’s longtime communications aide was still working there at the time, but left the White House a few days later. Still, Hicks was one of Trump’s most trusted aides. And she received some text messages and emails that day in the run-up to the then-president’s speech outside the White House and before the violence erupted, according to CNN, which obtained copies of the text messages provided by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Hicks is no stranger to investigations into his former boss. She was a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, passing on important information to the special counsel’s office about Trump’s attempts to obstruct the investigation. But she declined to answer questions about her time in the White House before House Democrats, who investigated the former president in 2019 after the release of the Mueller report, citing privilege issues. The New York Times first reported the Hicks interview. The commission on Jan. 6 interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including numerous White House aides, and found that some of his closest advisers repeatedly told Trump that he had lost the 2020 election. But he continued to spread false claims of widespread election fraud, and his supporters who stormed the Capitol repeated them. Late last week, the nine-member panel sent a letter to Trump’s attorneys demanding that he testify either at the Capitol or via video conference “beginning on or about November 14” and continuing for several days if necessary. The letter also described a broad request for documents, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress, as well as extremist groups. Trump has not yet responded to the subpoena. The committee has held nine hearings this year and is expected to issue a final report by the end of the year.

A House committee is interviewing Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump, on Jan. 6, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

Tuesday’s interview comes as the investigation is wrapping up and the panel has called Trump for interviews in the coming weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

Hicks did not play a major role in the White House’s response to the January 6, 2021 uprising, in which hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and disrupted the certification of victory for President Joe Biden. Trump’s longtime communications aide was still working there at the time, but left the White House a few days later.

Still, Hicks was one of Trump’s most trusted aides. And she received some text messages and emails that day in the run-up to the then-president’s speech outside the White House and before the violence erupted, according to CNN, which obtained copies of the text messages provided by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Hicks is no stranger to investigations into his former boss. She was a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, passing on important information to the special counsel’s office about Trump’s attempts to obstruct the investigation. But she declined to answer questions about her time in the White House before House Democrats, who investigated the former president in 2019 after the release of the Mueller report, citing privilege issues.

The New York Times first reported the Hicks interview.

The panel on Jan. 6 interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including numerous White House aides, and found that some of his closest advisers repeatedly told Trump that he had lost the 2020 election. But he continued to spread false claims of widespread election fraud, and his supporters who stormed the Capitol repeated them.

Late last week, the nine-member panel sent a letter to Trump’s attorneys demanding that he testify either at the Capitol or via video conference “beginning on or about November 14” and continuing for several days if necessary. The letter also described a broad request for documents, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress, as well as extremist groups.

Trump has not yet responded to the subpoena.

The committee has held nine hearings this year and is expected to issue a final report by the end of the year.

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