Hope Hicks is resigning as President Trump's communications director
News broke a day after she testified to House Intelligence panel
Hicks spent nine hours testifying Tuesday to the House Intelligence Committee and admitted to telling 'white lies' for Trump
She got asked if Trump ever asked her to lie, and conferred with her lawyer
Two lawmakers have come forward in a public clash over the questioning
'It was a setup,' said GOP Rep. Tom Rooney
Hicks consulted her lawyer when asked if she ever lied for Trump
Source close to president has claimed Trump berated Hope Hicks on Tuesday over her testimony
Trump reportedly asked Hicks after 'how could you be so stupid?'
The 29-year-old former model was Trump's right-hand woman first at his company, then on the campaign trail and in the West Wing
Published: 09:59 EDT, 1 March 2018 | Updated: 11:35 EDT, 1 March 2018
Resigning White House communications director Hope Hicks admitted in closed testimony to telling 'white lies' on behalf of President Trump after getting asked a broad question that a GOP panel member complained Thursday was a 'trap.'
The 'white lies' comment emerged in the hours after Hicks got grilled for nine hours at the House Intelligence committee this week – and reports about it reportedly caused Trump to give her a tongue lashing.
Now, a pair of Republican and Democratic panel members are publicly clashing over the questioning that brought about the comment in a rare public spat about the closed process.
Hicks announced her resignation Wednesday a day after her testimony, which reportedly brought on a tongue-lashing from President Trump.
'The whole line of questioning was a trap,' vented GOP Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida, who admits he wasn't there at the top of the session.
'They sent her down a rabbit hole that she could not get out of. And it was completely unfair,' Rooney told CBS.
Hope Hicks, the ultimate Trump right-hand woman, was reportedly berated by the president after she admitted to telling 'white lies' for Donald Trump during her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday
'I think the fair representation is that it was a setup: Use an extremely gratuitously broad question to make her look bad and ignore the rest of the nine hours that we were down there,' he said, calling it a 'bulls*** question.'
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who questioned Hicks, defended the inquiry – and argued that if you need to consult your lawyer when asked if you've been truthful, you may have a problem.
'If your response to the question, 'Have you ever been asked by your boss to lie for him?' is to take two time outs, we already know the answer to the question,' Swalwell told the network.
'It's a question that is asked of witnesses every day across America – and most people don't have a hard time answering it,' he said.
Swalwell asked Hicks if she was 'loyal' to the president – a freighted term given former FBI Director James Comey's testimony that Trump had asked him for loyalty.
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The normally camera-shy Hicks was seen this morning leaving her apartment in sunglasses
Then he asked if Trump had ever asked her to lie for him – leading to a break of 'five to ten minutes' while she conferred with her counsel.
Then she responded that ''I have never been asked to lie with respect to the Russia investigation.'
According to the accounts, Rooney then complained about the broad question, asking whether that would apply to a situation where Trump asked Hicks to tell someone he was busy, or to answer: 'Does this suit make me fat?'
During the back and forth, Swalwell and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California asked for a subpoena to try to compel testimony.
After talking to her lawyer, Hicks said she never 'knowingly' told lies for Trump, other than some 'white lies' about trivialities like whether he was available.
A New York Times report after her testimony highlighted the 'white lies' part of her comment.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. asked Hicks during testimony whether President Trump had ever asked her to lie
GOP Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida said the question was a 'set up'
Hicks, the president's communications director, was among his longest-serving aides and seen as extraordinarily loyal
After her comment, Rooney said Swallwell 'went through the phone book' in his questioning, asking whether other Trump family members or officials had asked her to lie. Hicks didn't respond.
Trump reportedly 'berated' White House communications director Hope Hicks after she admitted telling 'white lies' for the president during her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller asked Hicks about a comment she made The New York Times two days after the 2016 election, according to CNN
A source made the revelation to CNN's Erin Burnett just hours after it was announced that Hicks would be departing the White House in the coming weeks, leaving a giant hole in the inner circle Trump trusts most.
Burnett claims an angry Trump asked Hicks after her testimony 'how she could be so stupid.
'Apparently, that was the final straw for Hope Hicks,' Burnett claimed.
But White House spokesman Hogan Gidley called the report that Trump berated her 'false'.
Hicks spent nine hours on Tuesday testifying before the House Intelligence Committee and parrying questions about the Trump campaign's alleged contacts with Russian nationals.
She told committee members that while she sometimes told 'white lies' for Trump, she had always been truthful about the Russia matter.
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Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller asked Hicks about a comment she made to The New York Times two days after the 2016 election.
'We are not aware of any campaign representatives that were in touch with any foreign entities before yesterday, when Mr. Trump spoke with many world leaders,' Hicks said at the time.
According to CNN, a former Trump campaign official who was asked about Hicks' 2016 comment said it has come up with Mueller's team as well as with House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
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In a statement released on Wednesday evening., Trump praised his loyal right-hand woman whom he often referred to as 'Hopester.'
'Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,' he said. 'She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.'
The New York Times was first to report on Hicks' departure.
Hicks, 29, said Wednesday that '[t]here are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump.'
'I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.'
Ivanka Trump, the president's elder daughter, wrote on Twitter an hour after the announcement that Hicks 'is loved & admired by all who know her.'
'It's with a heavy heart, but tremendous gratitude, that I wish her well in her next steps.'
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway sang a similar tune.
'I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks,' Conway wrote.
Stephanie Grisham, Hicks' counterpart in the East Wing as first lady Melania's communications director, also tweeted her well-wishes.
'Wishing Hope Hicks all the best! So very sad to see her go - professional, poised, talented & the best sense of humor,' Grisham tweeted.
With Hicks on the way out, Grisham remains part of a small cadre of Trump campaign veterans who commands the first family's trust.
Hope Hicks was thrust into the spotlight this year when DailyMail.com reported that the two ex-wives of her then-boyfriend Rob Porter (right), who was serving as Trump's staff secretary, had accused him of spousal abuse
Through the rough: Hicks guided her boss through a day of press inquiries and photo-ops in June 2016 at his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland
Trump brought 'Hopester' on stage during a 'Thank You Tour' rally on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama
Anthony Scaramucci has lavished praise on his successor Hope Hicks by describing her as a wonderful, dedicated and charming person.
Scaramucci told Sean Hannity: 'She's a wonderful person. She's one of the least malicious people I've ever met in my life.
'She's dedicated, she's charming, she's thoughtful, at the end of the day she's going to have an unbelievable career.
'Hope, if you're watching, my agent has called me and said, 'Please, let me represent Hope Hicks. I will give her a call,'' he added.
When Hannity joked she could be one of his colleagues at the Fox News channel, Scaramucci added: 'Anything you want, Hope.
'My point is that this woman is an entrepreneur above everything else.
'Look at what the president did starting with her and Corey Lewandowski and his children to where is he today.
'She deserves all the respect and love and support and kindness that you can imagine.'
Scaramucci also took to Twitter to heap praise on his successor.
He said: 'Hope Hicks is a world class person and is going to go on to have an unbelievable career.
'She did an incredible job. The best is yet to come.'
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