Hope Hicks’ lawyer says no need to clarify congressional testimony

Hope Hicks‘ attorney told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that the former White House communications director does not need to clarify her testimony, after FBI documents related to Michael Cohen’s case released last month raised questions about her answers.

The committee had asked Hicks if she needed to clarify her testimony about the hush-money payments made during the campaign to two women, Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford, who alleged affairs with Trump.

“The information in the search warrant affidavit is not inconsistent with Ms. Hicks’ testimony, and does not establish any lack of candor on her part,” wrote attorneys Robert Trout and Gloria Solomon.

“She knows precisely when and how she first learned about Karen McDougal, Ms. McDougal’s agreement with American Media, and ‘hush money’ payments to Story Daniels (Stephanie Clifford). It was all from press inquiries,” the attorneys said. “Her testimony about those subjects before the Judiciary Committee, like the information she provided to the United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and the Office of Special Counsel, was truthful and accurate.”

The committee had raised questions about Hicks’ testimony after the documents the FBI released about Cohen showed he had spoken on the phone with then-candidate Donald Trump and Hicks, and the conversations were apparently about Clifford and McDougal.

But Hicks’ attorneys argued there were no specifics about the contents of those calls. He says of three October 8, 2016, phone calls the committee cited, including one with Trump, that Hicks “is quite certain that none of her calls that day with Mr. Cohen related to any agreement with or payments to Stormy Daniels.”