The White House informed the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee that President Donald Trump had instructed his former aide Hope Hicks not to answer questions in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
“Ms. Hicks is absolutely immune from being compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters occurring during her service as a senior adviser to the President,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a statement Tuesday. . .
“Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the President has directed Ms. Hicks not to answer questions before the Committee relating to the time of her service as a senior adviser to the President,” Cipollone added. . .
“Much of Ms. Hicks’s work during this period involved discussions with the President-elect and his staff relating to the decisions the President-elect would be making once he assumed office,” Cipollone said.
“Accordingly, her responses to specific questions about this period would likely implicate executive branch confidentiality interests concerning that decisionmaking process,” he added. “In order to preserve the President’s ability to assert executive privilege over such information, a member of my office will attend Ms. Hicks’s testimony on June 19.” (Read more from “President Trump Says Hope Hicks Is ‘Absolutely Immune’ from Testifying, Instructs Her to Not Answer Questions” HERE)