After three hours of testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, White House communications director Hope Hicks had reportedly disclosed nothing of substance. One member, Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), said the committee “got Bannoned,” suggesting that the White House had a tight hold over Hicks’ testimony. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that Hicks answered questions about the campaign, but “was instructed by the White House not to answer questions regarding the transition or her time in the White House.” Other members told the press that it was “pretty boring” and that they needed some “NoDoz,” a caffeine pill. The committee was interested in learning more about Hicks’ correspondence with members of the Trump campaign who were involved with Russians, and her role in the drafting of a June 2016 statement in response to reports of Russians meeting campaign officials at Trump Tower. Her testimony was originally scheduled for January, but was postponed as counsel for the White House and the committee determined the scope of their inquiry into Hicks.
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