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Hope Hicks Blows The Lid Off Trump’s Crimes By Handing Evidence To NY Prosecutors

Longtime Trump confidante and ex-White House staffer Hope Hicks has apparently decided that her freedom is more important than President Donald Trump’s already muddied reputation, and is fully cooperating with prosecutors investigating the payoffs of hush money to at least two women — Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal — which is a violation of campaign finance law.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hicks has been very helpful with the office of the Manhattan U.S Attorney:

“The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office has gathered more evidence than previously known in its criminal investigation of hush payments to two women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump, including from members of the president’s inner circle. Prosecutors interviewed Hope Hicks, a former close aide to Mr. Trump and White House communications director, last spring as part of their campaign-finance probe, which ultimately implicated the president in federal crimes.”

Hicks wasn’t the only former Trump staff member who has been extensively interviewed by prosecutors in Manhattan:

“They also spoke to Keith Schiller, Mr. Trump’s former security chief. Investigators learned of calls between Mr. Schiller and David Pecker, chief executive of the National Enquirer’s publisher, which has admitted it paid $150,000 to a former Playboy model on Mr. Trump’s behalf to keep her story under wraps.”

The Journal also noted that it had reviewed nearly 1,000 pages of court documents and interviewed at least 20 individuals who are familiar with the case for its report.

Trump was first implicated in the hush money scheme last December, when he was identified as “Individual-1” in charging documents filed against the president’s former attorney, Michael D. Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in federal prison on charges of campaign finance crimes and lying to Congress.

The news from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan came on the same evening as a report from the New York Times which revealed that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has issued subpoenas for the Trump Organization and its role in the payments of money to women who say they had extramarital affairs with the president.

It seems easy to surmise that Vance will also subpoena Hicks and other members of Trump’s inner circle as part of his growing investigation.

Though it once appeared that Donald Trump might be able to escape his crimes and affairs, the latest news suggests otherwise.

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Court Documents Prove Former White House Aide Hope Hicks Committed Perjury

Thanks to a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley III on Wednesday, we now have more documents that prove President Donald Trump likely committed the very same crime (campaign finance violations) that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, is currently in prison for and that Hope Hicks, who served as communications director for the administration, is guilty of perjuring herself in sworn testimony before Congress.

First, let’s deal with Trump.

As Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) noted on Twitter after the documents in the Cohen case were released earlier today, the president did indeed commit crimes:

Keep in mind that such a crime would indeed fall under the heading of “high crimes and misdemeanors” the Constitution says a president may be impeached for. So while some may say there’s no reason to impeach Trump, that’s just not true. Campaign finance felonies and obstruction of justice (which is laid out in the Mueller report) are both more than enough to begin a full impeachment inquiry.

And then there’s Hope Hicks, who had this exchange with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) in June:

Jackson Lee: “Were you ever present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels?”

Hicks: “No, ma’am.”

Jackson Lee: “You were never present when they discussed Stormy Daniels?”

Hicks: “No.”

But according to the documents released Thursday, that’s a blatant lie and was told under oath. Here’s what was in one of those documents from Cohen’s case:

“a. On October 8, 2016, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Cohen received a call from Hicks. Sixteen seconds into the call, Trump joined the call, and the call continued for over four minutes. Based on the toll records that the USAO has obtained to date, I believe that this was the first call Cohen has received or made to Hicks in at least multiple weeks, and that Cohen and Trump spoke on the telephone about once a month prior to this date — specifically, prior to this call on Oct 8, 2016, Cohen and Trump had spoken once in May, once in June, once in July, zero times in August, and twice in September.”

Hicks was on that phone call (and others) Cohen made to Trump, and she must have known about the hush money payments, since that’s what Cohen was discussing with his client. Therefore, Hicks lied under oath and can now be charged with perjury.

There will be more Cohen documents and revelations in the days ahead. Don’t be surprised if they implicate others (most notably Trump) in various felonies. That means it’s time to kick off the impeachment inquiry and let the American people see all of the evidence.

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In Her Attempt To Be Evasive, Hope Hicks Accidentally Accused Trump Of A Crime: DETAILS

Though she tried her best not to tell the House Judiciary Committee anything when she testified this week, former White House Communications Director and longtime Trump confidante Hope Hicks managed to let a few facts slip out, and at least one of those could be a legal problem for the president.

Specifically, there’s what Hicks had to say regarding those hush money payments made to two women — Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal — by Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen. Here’s the exchange between Hicks and a committee staff attorney:

Q: It’s another text message exchange between yourself and Michael Cohen, November 5th, 2016. Do you recall what you were discussing in this exchange? Would it be helpful to read out loud into the record? I just was going to spare you, but —

HICKS No. No. That’s okay. Thank you. Yes, I remember. We were discussing the traction the Wall Street Journal story regarding Karen McDougal was getting.

Q: When you made statements during the campaign that the President did not have any relationship with Stormy Daniels, did you have a basis for saying that? Did the President tell you that he did not have a relationship?

HICKS: Again, I was relaying information from the reporter to the different parties involved, primarily Michael and Mr. Trump, and that was the response that was dictated to me. I didn’t ask about the nature of the relationships.

As Cody Fenwick of Salon notes, what Hicks said is a very big problem for the president:

“But one section of the transcript, first flagged to me by Vox’s Andrew Prokop, jumped out as an especially damning exchange that strengthens the already powerful case that Trump is guilty of federal crimes.

“And when Hicks testified Wednesday to the Judiciary Committee, her testimony confirmed key facts that would be necessary to prove Trump committed a crime.

“To see why, it’s important to realize why the payments were criminal. Campaign finance laws require candidates to report all expenditures on their campaigns. These contributions by Cohen himself (later reimbursed by Trump and reportedly disguised as a legal retainer) and by American Media, Inc., were never properly reported and, indeed, were intentionally concealed. This is part of the reason Cohen is in jail.”

Exactly! If it was a crime for Cohen to pay hush money to Daniels and McDougal, then it was a crime for Trump to participate in those payoffs, meaning he’s also guilty of felony campaign finance violations. That carries a possible sentence of five years in prison for each count. Since two women were paid off, Trump is looking at a decade behind bars.

The truth always winds up coming out, no matter how hard someone tries to hide it. And what transpired this week in the House Judiciary Committee is the surest evidence yet that Trump is indeed a criminal.

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Top Trump Aide Breaks With The Donald, Gives Damaging Documents To Congress

President Donald Trump and his so-called “legal team” thought they had it all figured out. They would tell current and former White House aides not to give any information to congressional investigators and those aides would comply with that request. And that strategy worked. Until today.

Former top White House aide Hope Hicks was subpoenaed for documents relevant to ongoing investigations being conducted by several House committees. Once again, the administration directed Hicks not to cooperate, according to CNN:

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to the committee stating that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had directed Hicks and Donaldson, the former deputy White House counsel, not to turn over the documents.

“‘Those documents include White House records that remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege,’ Cipollone writes in the letter, which was obtained by CNN.”

Later in the afternoon, however, Hicks relented and agreed to hand over potentially damaging documents from her time on the Trump 2016 campaign to the House Judiciary Committee, Reuters reports:

“House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Hicks, the Trump campaign’s former press secretary, would provide ‘some documents’ relating to the campaign.

“’I thank her for that show of good faith,’ Nadler said in a statement that also blasted what he called Trump’s ‘continued obstruction of Congress.'”

The documents Hicks gave to the committee likely pertain to the infamous June 2016 meeting held at Trump Tower where three members of Trump’s campaign — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort — met with a Russian attorney and former Russian intelligence agent who promised to bring “dirt” they had on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. And that alone could be proof that Donald Trump knew of the larger plot to get Russian assistance with his campaign.

Today’s development is very bad news for Trump, if only because it proves that some former members of his inner circle are willing to save their own hides rather than remain loyal to a man who would throw them under the bus in a second.

The wall of silence Trump was constructing has been breached. And that could wind up leading to his removal from office.