AFP: Democrats say little gained as Trump ex-aide Hicks snubs lawmakers20 June 2019 | 06:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Following her appearance in a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee as part of the panel's investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump, the president weighed in to accuse Democrats of putting his onetime close confidante "through hell."
Multiple Democrats emerged from her hours of testimony to say Hicks snubbed nearly all questions about her White House tenure as part of a pattern of stonewalling by an administration intent on blocking investigations of the president.
Democrats vowed to take the issue to court in order to compel answers to their questions.
The White House had made clear in a letter to judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler that Hicks was "absolutely immune" from being compelled to answer questions about her time in Trump's administration.
But Nadler emerged from the session to say Democrats would "destroy" those immunity claims in court.
Other committee Democrats expressed frustration at the filibustering Hicks, with Democrat Ted Lieu saying he was "watching obstruction of justice in action" when she and her lawyers repeatedly objected to questions about her White House tenure.
"The administration's position is absurd & they will lose in court," Lieu tweeted.
Hicks, who served as Trump's campaign press secretary and then his White House communications director, was asked about campaign activities, and the multiple incidents of potential obstruction of justice that were detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
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