The New York Times reports:
Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators on Tuesday that her work for President Trump, who has a reputation for exaggerations and outright falsehoods, had occasionally required her to tell white lies.
But after extended consultation with her lawyers, she insisted that she had not lied about matters material to the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible links to Trump associates, according to three people familiar with her testimony.
The exchange came during more than eight hours of private testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Ms. Hicks declined to answer similar questions about other figures from the Trump campaign or the White House.
After every on the record statement she gives, every reporter and viewer/reader now won’t know whether she’s speaking the truth. Hard to justify using her quotes or statements in any story given this admission. https://t.co/3ePoTdCilr
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 28, 2018
Hope Hicks repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House, telling investigators that she had been asked by the White House to discuss only her time on the campaign https://t.co/9PiidPNRUS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 28, 2018
Hicks says her job entails telling “white lies” for the president. What??? https://t.co/e5jIiO4iZu
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 28, 2018
The idea that anyone should trust Hope Hicks’s assessment of white lies verses serious lies is absurd https://t.co/sGku1p8n3v
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) February 28, 2018
When the communications director — of all people — admits she tells “white lies,” the follow-up Q to every WH statement/declaration should be:
“Is that a “white lie”? https://t.co/Lft3nAQEjU
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) February 28, 2018