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PoliticsHope Hicks' Lawyer Says She Didn't Lie to Congress About Trump's 2016 Hush Money Deal: 'Simply Wrong'

21:25  19 july  2019
21:25  19 july  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Hope Hicks' Lawyer Says She Didn't Lie to Congress About Trump's 2016 Hush Money Deal: 'Simply Wrong'© Alex Wong/Getty Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves the hearing room during a break at a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Hicks was the first former Trump aide to testify before the panel's investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller's report and obstruction of justice.

Hope Hicks' lawyer is refuting evidence from newly unsealed court documents that show the former White House communications director may have lied to Congress about her involvement in the hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

Documents on Trump ex-lawyer's porn star hush payment released

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"Reports claiming that Ms. Hicks was involved in conversations about 'hush money' payments on October 8, 2016, or knew that payments were being discussed, are simply wrong," attorney Robert Trout said in a statement on Friday.

Trout added that Hicks "stands by her truthful testimony" to the House Judiciary Committee last month and will be complying with any further inquiries from lawmakers on the issue. On Thursday, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler demanded Hicks return to Capitol Hill for a second round of questioning on the campaign finance saga.

"As I reminded you at the outset of your interview, anything other than complete candor can have very serious consequences," Nadler wrote in his letter to Hicks. The Democratic congressman also listed seven instances where Hicks may have lied during her testimony.

FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show

FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show The release of the previously redacted documents came one day after the judge in the case disclosed that prosecutors had concluded their probe into Cohen’s campaign finance crimes.

The former Trump official has been given an August 15 deadline to voluntarily appear before the committee for additional questioning. If she does not comply by then, she will be issued a subpoena.

Hicks' original testimony came into question on Thursday after a federal court released un-redacted search warrant documents and other court filings that were part of an investigation into campaign finance violations tied to Michael Cohen.

The documents show that Hicks spoke with both Donald Trump and Cohen shortly before the negotiations began for the payments made to Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. The three of them spoke for at least four minutes during a conference call on October 8, 2016.

FBI records also show that Cohen and Hicks spoke again later that day. That same evening, Cohen began to work out a deal with The National Enquirer to arrange the hush money deal. Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for a slew of crimes he committed while working for Trump.

Hope Hicks’ testimony gets second look after Cohen document dump

Hope Hicks’ testimony gets second look after Cohen document dump New information raises questions about whether former White House communications director misled House lawmakers during a closed-door interview last month. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Hicks testified in June before the House Judiciary Committee that she was never present for discussions involving Donald Trump and his one-time attorney, Michael Cohen, about hush-money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages and emails, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford from going public, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood story," the document read.

But Hicks told a different story under oath to the House Judiciary Committee in June when asked about the hush money deal.

"Were you ever present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels?" Rep. Jackson Lee asked Hicks, to which she replied, "No ma'am." Lee asked her the same question again, and Hick repeated the same answer.

Bradley Moss, a national security attorney, tweeted that the court documents make it clear that Hicks lied to lawmakers during her testimony. "I'm going to be surprised if there isn't a 1001 violation referral for Hope Hicks by the end of tomorrow. It appears rather clear she lied to Congress about the Stormy Daniels saga," he wrote.

The unsealed court documents marked the end of the federal investigation into campaign finance violations. The probe ended without any additional charges against other executives in Trump's inner circle who were linked to the matter.

Timeline of Trump-Cohen phone calls before 2016 election

Timeline of Trump-Cohen phone calls before 2016 election Federal investigators said in court records released Thursday that Donald Trump spoke with longtime lawyer Michael Cohen at least five times as they rushed to quash stories about alleged affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and playboy model Karen McDougal in the days before the 2016 presidential election. A timeline of key exchanges from the documents: Oct. 7: "Access Hollywood" tape of Trump bragging about grabbing women's genitals goes public, threatening his shot at becoming president. At around the same time, federal investigators say, Daniels is talking to ABC News and Slate magazine about going public with her allegations of a 2006 affair. Oct.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley III said that the records were made public because the campaign finance violations and the information gleaned from the investigation are "a matter of national importance."

"Now that the government's investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials," he added in his ruling.

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