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                                                                                        February 28, 2018
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            Hope Hicks Declines to Answer Some Questions in Russia Probe

                                                                                                                                By MARY JALONICK
                                                                                                                                Associated Press
                                                                                                                                WASHINGTON (AP) — Presi-
                                                                                                                                dent Donald Trump’s long-
                                                                                                                                time aide Hope Hicks is de-
                                                                                                                                clining to answer questions
                                                                                                                                about her time in the White
                                                                                                                                House in a closed-door in-
                                                                                                                                terview  Tuesday  with  the
                                                                                                                                House intelligence commit-
                                                                                                                                tee. The panel is investigat-
                                                                                                                                ing  Russian  interference  in
                                                                                                                                the 2016 election and any
                                                                                                                                contacts between Trump’s
                                                                                                                                campaign and Russia.
                                                                                                                                As  one  of  Trump’s  closest
                                                                                                                                aides,  Hicks  is  a  key  eye-
                                                                                                                                witness  to  his  actions  over
                                                                                                                                the  past  several  years.
                                                                                                                                She was his spokeswoman
                                                                                                                                during  the  2016  presiden-
                                                                                                                                tial  campaign  and  is  now
                                                                                                                                White  House  communica-
                                                                                                                                tions director. As the inter-
                                                                                                                                view  went  into  the  after-
                                                                                                                                noon,  several  members  of
                                                                                                                                the committee said during
                                                                                                                                breaks  that  Hicks  was  de-
                                                                                                                                clining to answer any ques-
                                                                                                                                tions  from  her  time  in  the
                                                                                                                                White  House.  Others  who
                                                                                                                                have  worked  in  the  White
                                                                                                                                House,  including  former
                                                                                                                                strategist  Steve  Bannon,
                                                                                                                                have also declined to talk
                                                                                                                                about  that  time  in  inter-
            White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind   views with the committee.
            closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.                   Continued on Page 4
                                                                                                   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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