America has largely accepted that anyone who worked in the Trump administration cannot be trusted, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking when the truth finally comes out.
A former Trump team legal spokesman has just revealed that Hope Hicks, Trump’s former White House aide, had lied to special counsel Robert Mueller about the Trump Tower meeting.
Republican communications consultant Mark Corallo had been Trump’s legal spokesperson at the very beginning of Trump’s presidency and recently told ABC News that Hicks had given a false public statement about the Trump Tower meeting, and also stated she’d lied to Mueller’s investigators during her interview.
In an interview with ABC News, Corollo brought up a statement he’d made that had countered Hicks’ own statement about the Trump Tower meeting being about the Russian adoption. He’d made his statement after Hicks’ coverup, and it set both Trump and Hicks off. At that time in 2017, Corollo’s statement had been:
We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for. Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. “
In the new ABC News interview, Corollo recalled the moment Hicks found out he’d exposed her. He said:
[M]y phone rings and it’s Hope Hicks. So, she just started laying into me. And, then she admitted that yes, they had crafted this statement on Air Force One and that they’d handled it.”
She said, ‘I had the New York Times handled’ and I’m going – you did? You work in the White House. This is a private matter. This is not the president’s conduct of his office. This is matters to do with him as a private citizen, really, not even him. This has to do with his son, son-in-law, and former campaign director.”
Corallo also stated that Hicks’ statement had been brought up when he was interview by Mueller’s team, and he’d told the truth:
They wanted to know, and they asked me, and they said, ‘well, you know Miss Hicks says that that didn’t happen.’ And they asked me how sure I was, and I said ‘100 percent.’”
It looks like while Hicks might have thought she was in the clear, the worst is yet to come.
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