Are White Women Putting On Their Capes To Defend Hope Hicks, Alleged Cover-Up Conspirator?

Written by Dana Sanchez

 

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, is the latest Trump administration official to have a finger pointed at her for alleged cover-up of obstruction of justice in what the New York Times describes as “something of a circular firing squad.”

Mark Corallo, who quit in July as a spokesman for Donald Trump’s legal team, is the one doing the pointing. The special counsel investigating Russian interference in 2016 has asked to interview Corallo, and he has agreed.

Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times report:

Corallo planned to tell investigators that Ms. Hicks said during (a previously undisclosed conference call with Corallo, Hicks and the president) that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — ‘will never get out.’ That left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice, (according to people familiar with the matter).”

(A lawyer for Hicks has denied Corallo’s allegations.)

Corallo, who worked as a Justice Department spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, told colleagues he was alarmed not only by what Ms. Hicks had said — either she was being naïve or was suggesting that the emails could be withheld from investigators — but also that she had said it in front of the president without a lawyer on the phone and that the conversation could not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Corallo told colleagues that he immediately notified the legal team of the conversation and jotted down notes to memorialize it. He also shared his concerns with Stephen K. Bannon, then the president’s chief strategist. Mr. Corallo left the job shortly after the phone call. The recent book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, which was met with angry denunciations by the president, linked Mr. Corallo’s resignation to concerns he had about obstruction, but provided no details.

Hicks’ role in the alleged cover-up inspired a lively debate on Twitter, started by Emily Nussbaum, a TV critic for The New Yorker. Tweets included comments about Hicks’ race and gender, and racial inequality in the U.S.A.

Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks. Photo: CNN

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About Dana Sanchez

Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubail Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.