Mueller Budgets Time to Question Little Known Trump Inner Circle Member.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly scheduled an interview with White House communications director Hope Hicks.
Hicks, a longtime Trump aide, will talk to Mueller's team in mid-November, Politico reported Tuesday, citing multiple people familiar with the schedule.
An administration official told Politico Mueller's team could speak with multiple White House officials as early as this week.
“Nothing about recent events alters the White House’s commitment to fully cooperate with the office of the special counsel,” White House lawyer Ty Cobb said Tuesday in an interview with Politico.
Hicks is a longtime associate of Trump's who previously worked for the Trump Organization.
She's been a gatekeeper for Trump during the campaign and since his election and is seen as a part of the president's inner circle.
The former model has generally kept a low profile at the White House, rarely giving interviews. She also does not appear on cable news representing the president.
Many have expected that Mueller would call upon Hicks for an interview. She hired Robert Trout of the Trout Cacheris & Janis law firm in August to represent her as investigations into Russian election meddling continue.
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The report comes after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged with conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud and money laundering in the first indictment to come from Mueller's investigation.
One of President Trump's former campaign advisers, George Papadopoulos, also pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to FBI agents who are investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to deny any collusion. He said few people knew Papadopoulos, adding the former campaign adviser has "already proven to be a liar." Trump also called for the focus to be shifted to tax cuts and "Democratic corruption."