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she stood out as one of Donald trump's closest aides both before and during his first year in the White House , but on Wednesday former White House communications director hope Hicks takes on a new role as a potential star witness for house Democrats in their obstruction of justice probe against her former boss thank you very much Hicks is the first member of trump's inner circle to testify in that probe on Capitol Hill after being advised by the White House to define a subpoena just speak to the house Judiciary Committee behind closed doors with the full transcript of the interview to follow the special counsel's office Hicks is mentioned more than one hundred eighty times and special counsel Robert Muller is report on the Russia probe in particular this section devoted to trump attempted to impede the investigation reporter yard wolf is on the story I think there has been some speculation that this is somehow a betrayal of president trump that whole picks crucially important animal investigation is willing to do the bidding of Democrats but I think we have to wait and see what approach he takes the crucial question here is how much will fix actually say she is attending the hearing with a lawyer from the White House counsel's office and that lawyer will probably adviser on a question by question basis about whether to excerpt second privilege that's a legal doctrine that allows the president to keep confidential the nature of a communications has with really close advisers she could invoke executive privilege and avoid a lot of questions so in that case is not really helping the Democrats Democrats want Hicks to shed light on an infamous June twenty sixteen meeting at trump tower in New York where the mole reports said top aides including the president's son don junior met with Russians offering dirt on trump's democratic rival Hillary Clinton the report says in July twenty seventeen trump directed Hicks to issue a misleading statement about the meeting to the press saying only that it had been about Russian adoptions molars report concluded there was not enough evidence to say trump's campaign , conspired with Moscow but he pointedly did not clear trump of obstruction leaving the question up to Congress