According to texts released by the January 6 Select Committee, Hope Hicks, a former White House aide, told a fellow aide, “we all look like domestic terrorists now” while a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capital.
Hicks sent the message to Julie Radford, former chief of staff to Ivanka Trump, as the violence was unfolding.
Seemingly referencing Trump, Hicks continued her text exchange to Radford that “in one day he ended every future opportunity,” noting that opportunities would be limited to “speaking engagements at the local proud boys chapter.”
In response, Radford said, “Yup.”
Hicks also claimed that those that “didn’t have jobs lined up will be perpetually unemployed.”
The White House aide also described being ” mad and upset” before declaring that “We all look like domestic terrorists now.”
Radford then revealed she had been “crying for an hour.”
Hicks suggested that Alyssa Farrah Griffin, former White House Director of Strategic Communication, appeared to be a “genius.”
The pair then turned their attention to former First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham— who emerged as a significant critic of the Trump administration — describing her resignation as “self serving.”
The texts are part of a hoard of materials and transcripts of witnesses the Committee released as it wrapped up its work last month.
In the last week of its work, the Committee also made dozens of criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.
Among its criminal referrals were four aimed at former President Donald Trump, the first time a Congressional committee recommended a former President for criminal referrals.