Special counsel Robert Mueller is due to interview White House communications director Hope Hicks soon, an indication that the Trump-Russia investigation may be “very far along,” according to senior law professionals, Newsweek writes.
Hicks has served as a key witness to many of President Donald Trump’s fiascos and controversies, especially when it comes to the allegations of campaign collusion with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, Newsweek adds.
“Any time you can get someone who is the right-hand person or who’s been around the primary target of an investigation, under oath, answering detailed questions, that means you’ve progressed very far along in the investigation,” former Clinton administration lawyer Adam Goldberg told Politico.
In addition to Hicks, White House senior policy adviser and top campaign official Stephen Miller was interviewed earlier this month. Similarly, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer have also met with Mueller’s team, while White House counsel Don McGahn could be tapped for an interview, Newsweek notes.
Hicks also worked under ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, whom Mueller recently served with a 12-count indictment for charges that include laundering roughly $75 million through offshore accounts. Manafort reportedly told Hicks in April 2016 to ignore questions about his links to a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin.
Hicks was also present at other moments that have proved to be significant in the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, and she was reportedly in the Oval Office when Trump spoke about a letter he and Miller wrote to justify former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.