Days after the January 6 Select Committee subpoenaed former President Donald Trump, reports — citing sources with insider knowledge — have emerged that former White House aide Hope Hicks appeared before Committee.
Hicks, who left the Trump administration shortly after the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, served as counselor to then-President Donald Trump during her second stint at the White House.
The former advisor is deemed one of Trump’s closest advisers, having worked for the Trump Organization and the Trump campaign.
Although Hicks’ supposed appearance before the Committee shows the panel is still looking to interview those close to Trump during January 6 and the events surrounding it. Hicks is unlikely to be a helpful subject, considering she refused to answer several questions about her time working in the White House during a 2019 House Judiciary Committee.
Hicks also wasn’t very involved in the White House’s response to the January 6 insurrection.
However, a lot has changed since 2019, when Hicks refused to discuss the former President in any disparaging tone. One significant change is her resignation from her role in the White House days after the insurrection.
The Committee also seems more confident that those appearing before it, especially Republicans, will be more forthcoming with information.
The Committee’s Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has pointed out how instrumental Republicans have been to the panel’s work, saying, “When you look back at what has come out through this Committee’s work, the most striking fact is that all this evidence has come almost entirely from Republicans.”