Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us:
“House Democrats intend to question former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday about five specific incidents that special counsel Robert Mueller detailed as part of his investigation into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct a probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to aides.
“But White House Counsel Pat Cipollone threw cold water on Democrats’ plans later Tuesday when he asserted in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) that Hicks ‘is absolutely immune’ from answering questions about her tenure in the White House and as a top staffer on the presidential transition team in late 2016 until Trump’s inauguration.”
As I have noted many times, I am not a lawyer, just a sonofalawyer, and more to be pitied than censured (as the old song goes). That said, maybe Cipollone had a senior moment? Bad oxygen flow? I thought immunity was when a defendant’s criminal exposure is reduced in exchange for their information/cooperation. (This is your invitation, MPS’ legal sharks, to comment in the Comments, below!)
Perhaps he meant Executive Privilege? But as the Dems want to interview Hicks about the 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign when everyone was a private citizen, I don’t see how it would be covered by Privilege, either, so Imma guessing this is some sort of legal-fu, flim-flammary.
UPDATE 1: Even before we publish this, stuff is leaking from her testimony – read this thread:
NEW: Hope Hicks’ name appears 184 times in Mueller’s report, and she watched firsthand as Trump tried to constrain and undermine the Russia probe.
Today, she becomes the first witness in Dems’ effort to highlight potential obstruction by Trump. https://t.co/1Isyj7j3aO
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 19, 2019