Thu Mar 1, 2018, 08:11 AM

House Intel Dems Are Accused Of Inaccurate Leaks Of Hope Hicks Testimony

Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are being accused once again of leaking inaccurate information about the panel’s Russia investigation, this time from testimony given on Tuesday by White House communications director Hope Hicks.

In an interview on CNN on Wednesday, Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican, accused Democrats of leaking Hicks’ comment in her nine-hour interview that she has told “white lies” on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Hicks’ remarks were first reported by The New York Times. Numerous other outlets picked up the story, touting it as a bombshell.

But Rooney told CNN’s Erin Burnett that Hicks’ comments — as reported by the press — were innocuous. He also asserted that Hicks fell victim to “a trap” set by Democrats. The White House aide tendered her resignation on Wednesday, and it is unknown whether her testimony had anything to do with the decision.

“We’ve interviewed scores of witnesses and now we’ve gotten to the point now where we’re literally bringing people in for nine hours just so the Democrats can leak to the press something as ridiculous as ‘white lies,'” said Rooney, who was in the room when Hicks was being interviewed.

Rooney told Burnett that Hicks was initially asked whether she has ever lied on behalf of Trump. He said he chimed in at that point and asked for more specification on whether she was being asked if she has lied for Trump about the Russia investigation or her testimony.

“To that she said she has not lied with regard to any of those things,” said Rooney, who added that Hicks was not the first person in the room to use the term “white lies.”

“So then the question is, so you are talking about white lies, and she repeated that. It wasn’t exactly in that time frame, but that’s how the term white lies came out,” said Rooney.

“It was a trap, Erin. It was a trap and that is what our investigation has become,” he added.

CNN also reported on Wednesday that Hicks said that the white lies she has told for Trump were about small matters, such as saying that Trump was in a meeting when he actually was not.

Rooney also said that because of the leaks, he asked Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, who is chairing the House panel’s Russia investigation, to end the probe.

Democrats on the committee have been accused of being behind several inaccurate leaks throughout the Russia probe.

Trump has also accused California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, of “illegally” leaking confidential committee information.


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Thu Mar 1, 2018, 08:22 AM

1. Any idea why she left so quickly?

My guess is Kelly fired her, but why? I think her performance was good.

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Thu Mar 1, 2018, 08:39 AM

2. I HEARD She is dating Rob Portman

And he is out at White House

Hope Hicks, 29, was spotted canoodling with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, 38, on the way back to her apartment after dining at Washington's Rosa Mexicano with friends and colleagues on Saturday night

The pair did not sit next to each other at the restuarant but were later seen kissing in the back seat of a cab as they headed for Hicks' apartment


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