>> The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday meeting with White House communications director Hope Hicks as part of its probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether any Trump aides colluded with the Kremlin. Hicks has been one of the President's most trusted advisors since the beginning of his campaign.
And as as the White House communications director, has been present during many crucial decision making moments. Once such moment reportedly of note, what role Hicks played in containing the fallout after it was revealed Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians in Trump Tower after they promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post reported that the President himself dictated his son's misleading statement that in the meeting they, quote, primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children. Though days later Junior released his own email showing he was keen on getting dirt on Clinton. Last month, the New York Times reported that Trump's former legal spokesman, Mark Corallo, planned to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller about a conference call in July during which Hicks told the President that emails written by Trump Jr., quote, would never get out.
Of course, whether she'll even answer questions isn't certain. Former White House aide Steve Bannon had declined to answer many questions in his closed door testimony to the panel. And panel leaders have expressed concern that Hicks may have also evoked executive privilege to stay away from some dicey topics.