Hope Hicks allegedly conspired to obstruct justice regarding Don Jr’s Russian meeting

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I get a tension headache whenever some new piece of information comes out about the Trump-Russia investigation and the ongoing plot to obfuscate the facts, obstruct justice and commit treason. This is a linear story, and a multi-pronged plot involving a lot of players, but we’re learning new things about that meeting or this letter or that email and so it’s difficult to go back to the memory banks and place the new information into its proper place. I’m doing my best here to summarize: Don Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had that now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower with those shady Russians in 2016. When the meeting was revealed last year, Don Jr. released an absurdly worded statement about it at first, which we now know was ghostwritten by his father. Well, splice this story into the “ghostwritten by Bigly” part of the story: Hope Hicks was right there, helping Bigly conspire to obstruct justice.

Former Trump team legal spokesperson Mark Corallo had concerns that White House communications director Hope Hicks could be considering obstructing justice after a comment she reportedly made about emails between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians, according to a New York Times story.

Hicks allegedly told President Donald Trump on a conference call that the Trump Jr. emails “will never get out,” and Corallo plans to share the conversation with special counsel Robert Mueller, the Times reported Wednesday night, citing three people with knowledge of his interview request. CNN previously reported that Corallo is scheduled to be interviewed by Mueller’s team in the next two weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the matter, and is expected to be asked about the Air Force One meeting in which the President and his staff crafted the statement responding on behalf of Trump Jr. to the controversy over the June 2016 Trump Tower campaign meeting. The Times reported that sources said Corallo was concerned by what she said, and thought she was either being naive or implying that the emails could be withheld from the special counsel’s team.

Hicks’ lawyer denied that she ever said that in a statement to CNN.

“As most reporters know, it’s not my practice to comment in response to questions from the media,” said Robert Trout, a lawyer for Hicks. “But this warrants a response. She never said that. And the idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false.”

[From CNN]

It was believed by many that Hope Hicks had and has the goods on Bigly and that she would be one of the final nails in his coffin. But what if Hicks is targeted for prosecution in Mueller’s probe? I’ve always wondered why Hicks would NOT be targeted, since it seems like everyone on the campaign and everyone inside and outside of the administration knew that if you wanted to get information – however shady – to Trump, all you had to do was email Hicks. I mean, of course she was “considering” obstructing justice – my guess is that she has obstructed justice a million times over already.

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  1. Nicole says:

    There’s been several treasonous actions by the WH just in the last few days. And yet here we are still going along as if everything is normal

    • Esmom says:

      I know, it’s unreal. I heard someone on the radio yesterday say that maybe if some of the stuff Trump and his goons have done and said out in the open had been said privately, taped and then revealed that maybe people would pay attention.

      For example, him telling Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of Russia. I don’t know if it would make a difference if he’d tried to be secretive about his motives instead of just blabbing, since nothing does seem to matter anymore.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and the news that Drumpf also pressured Rod Rosenstein to “be on his team”.

      more obstruction or abuse of power.

      and it’s no coincidence that this was leaked when the FBI is under attack from the WH. they’re (the FBI) fighting back.

      • Nicole says:

        About time. Its crazy that they would even think of rolling over for this dude. he’s pushing out lifelong agents…fight back

      • Christin says:

        Imagine working two to three decades, having a good record, and then being slandered/steamrolled.

        Will Rod R and Chris W end up resigning in protest (assuming they aren’t fired first) if the memo goes public? Not sure it would get anyone’s attention at this point, though.

      • Nic919 says:

        Rosentein also lied in his hearing denying that Dump had asked him for a loyalty oath.

        The WH and most of the GOP need to be purged. This is an affront to democracy not only for Americans but for any country who purports to be democratic. It is shocking to see how quickly a kleptocracy has set in and while I thought that people like Sarah Kendzior were maybe exaggerating last year as to the speed of it, she has been proven right. When David Frum and Bill Kristol, two conservatives till they die, harp on about how dangerous this behaviour is, it’s bad. They were willing to overlook a lot during the W years, so you can imagine just how bad the Dump WH is currently acting.

    • homeslice says:

      I say all the time I don’t know why we all aren’t taking to the streets! This is absurd. I think we have it too comfortable here. We take for granted a lot. I am speaking generally of course, but we have so many creature comforts that’s it’s hard for people to really become enraged enough to break out of their comfort zones and do something.

    • charo says:

      There’s an INVESTIGATION going on as you type, people — do you not understand?
      If you don’t remember Watergate, look it up. There’s a book and a movie as well as history of it. It took years to unfold and for the Pres. to resign.
      And Trump probably has a lot MORE to look into, he commits treason every time he breathes in or out.
      There’s money laundering, obstruction of justice, treason, the Emoluments Clause [profiting wrongly in office], lying to the FBI, you name it. And, oh, Russia. And a pee tape.

  2. Juls says:

    1. When I first saw the header pick, for a second I said yay! A Keri Russell story! (Sorry Keri, my bad, love you)
    2. I am starting to believe Trump himself was in that Trump tower meeting, or on the phone via conference call at the very least.

  3. Elkie says:

    Given that, in her role as WH Communications Director and following the publication of Fire & Fury, Hopeless allowed the release of an official statement which revealed Two Scoops to be exactly as unhinged, narcissistic and intellectually-limited as described, I’m going to guess she’s probably not smart enough to realise that the earlier you get your plea deal, the more palatable it is.

    • Christin says:

      Some of his inner circle are young and may be too ignorant and/or egotistic to think rules matter.

      What baffles me are the ones with more life experience (middle aged or formerly retired) who joined the circus. It’s hard for me to buy that they are just trying to bring reason to the table. Birds of a feather flock together.

      • Tia says:

        I liked the bit where Steve Bannon threatened to go over her head *to her father* about her needing a lawyer. Yes, ladies and gentleman, there are senior members of the White House staff (who aren’t surnamed Trump) where ‘I’m telling Daddy’ is apparently a valid method of getting them to do something.

      • Christin says:

        Had not heard that one.

        The movies (there will be multiple ones, no doubt) about this circus will be amazing.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Yes the part in the book Fire and Fury where Bannon screams at Hope that she has no idea how big a mess she is in was one of the best parts. She ran crying to her protectors Ivanka and Jared, and she and Bannon never spoke again.

        My main takeaway from Fire and Fury was that Hope, and Ivanka, are both up to their eyeballs in the obstruction of justice case Mueller is building. They were part and parcel of many parts of the case.

  4. AbbyRose says:

    Don the Con put out a ridiculous tweet this morning about the SOTU ratings that I believe is an attempt to distract the media from this much more important story. Don’t fall for it guys.

  5. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    Hope Hicks has been famously quiet about herself, but by all accounts she’s a blue blood North Eastern girl with a liberal family who prefers privacy. So you know the fact that her name was trending on Twitter last night due to her participation in a criminal conspiracy had to be her worst nightmare.

  6. Betsy says:

    First, I would say this about a guy, too: Hope Hicks, with her deep set eyes (I have them, too, lol, but not her amazing bone structure), frequently looks like some bat/human hybrid harpy waiting patiently, patiently to suck your blood and soul out through your eyes.

    Of course she obstructed justice. Has Mueller talked to Rhona Graff yet?

    And these next few days should be awful. Rick Wilson, Angrier WH Staff and Counterchekist all say things are getting real.

    (And a few days ago, Laurence Tribe tweeted the suggestion that he didn’t think Trump actually won in 2016. This was another notch in my series of small proof about the vote tallies being changed. There is no way the orange carcass won.)

  7. tracking says:

    Please let this be true. Please let them all go down, in flames.

  8. Green Is Good says:

    They’re ALL going to look good in orange jumpsuits.

    These traitors make Nixon look like a Boy Scout.

  9. SoulSPA says:

    I’m looking forward to a new series inspired from this administration’s misses and conspiracies. You see, not a real story, but something along the lines of The Americans or Scandal. It’d be aweeesome!!! For Thursday nights. I have NO IDEA who could be in the cast but still. LOL.

  10. RBC says:

    Mueller is certainly not showing his hand in this high stakes game. When he decides to drop the bombshell it will certainly take out some big names in this administration. He is just waiting for the right time. 45 and company know something is coming and they are worried and trying to distract attention.

  11. AnnaKist says:

    Oh my god. How is this still going on in America, as if it’s all completely normal? I cannot believe he is still POTUS. How has he not been turfed out, on his ‘arris, given all the shite and the stench and miasma from it, since even before he “won” office. (Obviously, I’m using that term very loosely). He has brought nothing but shame, disgrace, embarrassment, and ridicule, and tarnished the reputation of America, its people, government and the office of President in just a matter of months. This isn’t even touching on the treason, corruption, blatant nepotism or using the position and office of POTUS to rip off the country to further fill the Trump coffers. We’ve chucked out Prime Ministers fom both major parties for far, far less than this. Yes, I know the allegations must be proven, but sheesh. Sometimes I wonder (ok, worry) if he won’t soon be called The Teflon Don, because he gets away with it all.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      This is how democracy dies. I am equally stunned at everything you said and more. While there are many thoughtful people calling out Cheeto Mussolini and his minions, it seems to me there are still large numbers of folks who swallow his BS hook, line, and sinker and vehemently support everything this administration says and does, even in the face of compelling, unequivocal evidence otherwise.

      I used to wonder what I would have done during the Nazis’ rise to power. Would I have been brave enough to stand up for my beliefs? Would I have risked prison or death? Would I have hidden enemies of the Reich and helped them escape to safety? Now I do not have to wonder anymore. Every day feels like a long, hard slog through a morass of ignorance, hatred, criminality, and bigotry, and sadly I admit that I have become a little more guarded in what I say in public or among strangers. Honestly, I am losing hope that this country can be saved. It is heartbreaking to say that out loud, but I see *so many* parallels to other tolitarian regimes in history.

      • wood dragon says:

        I have become angrier and warier too.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “This is how democracy dies.”

        It can feel that way, but I disagree.

        A COUP is how democracy dies. Violent overthrow of elected governments is how democracy dies.

        An investigation, elected officials doing checks and balances, voters electing new representatives, impeachment processes, that is how democracy lives. While we want change right now, we must allow time for the system to have integrity.

        Voting to change the House of Representatives in November is the MOST important thing we can do for this matter. We must bring consequences through democracy.

      • Veronica says:

        I like your optimism, but it’s dangerous to assume it takes a coup, to be honest. Hitler was put into office legally. So were his cohorts. All it takes is fear and a willingness to sacrifice morality for stability, and people will gladly support corrupt administrations.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        The democratic process has to be respected, though. I think it is dangerous to encourage an overthrow of elected officials without first trying the legitimized tools that are available to citizens. We can’t just throw people out at whim.

      • Sarah says:

        Germany didn’t have the Constitution the U.S. does. They had a new one in place after WWI but still not the same. We see our courts upholding it. It looks like Congress isn’t upholding it because the GOP are pathetic. The Dems can’t do anything until they get more seats. The November elections are certainly important.

    • Betsy says:

      I say it again: too many people voted for him (NOT ME) but I do not believe for one second that he won the electoral vote. At least not until Russia adjusted select states. It absolutely beggars belief that he won ALL the swing states that he needed to, even though several have been trending blue, including the state where Trump paid off Pam Bondi.

      • jwoolman says:

        We have had problems with selective hacking of the vote since those machines rolled in practically everywhere in the election after 2000 (when the Florida manual counts ordered by the Florida Supreme Court were stopped by the US Supreme Court because of Bush; unofficial continuation of the recount showed Gore actually won). I knew instantly that this was the reaction to the “hanging chads” problem of the 2000 election : those machines simply made recounts impossible.

        Events in Ohio in 2004 clearly pointed to malicious software shifting votes from Kerry to Bush. We should have insisted on paper backups for machines (checkable by voters before leaving the booth) and mandatory hand recounts of the paper ballots at that point. If we don’t have that for 2018 midterms, Democrats will have to win big enough to outrun the hackers. The stakes are high, there is no reason to believe that the Republicans won’t use every trick they have available, including manipulating vote counts in selected areas.

        Trump won the required electoral votes by about 80,000 votes total in a tiny number of states. That’s within machine error. Millions of dollars were raised for recounts in three states but the Republicans blocked them in court. Hard to know how much good the recounts would do, since so many machines did not have paper backup. The machines also were not forensically examined. Manual recounts of paper backup should be a routine double check on our elections, thatnis the simplest way around the malicious capabilities of modern technology. We are stupid not to do this.

        Electoral votes are assigned to states based on out-of-date population figures. Sparsely populated states can have a disproportionate effect on the electoral votes as a result. A California voter is worth 2 or 3 times less than a Wyoming voter for the electoral vote total. This has to be fixed since it is obviously unfair, but that also helped Trump win.

        Gerrymandering and voter suppression have to be fought as well. Russians are not the only source of such interference in our elections.

      • Betsy says:

        None of what you say is incorrect and it’s so overwhelming and sad.

  12. Talie says:

    Alison Williams should play Hope in the movie, yes?

  13. Eric says:

    Mueller has a plan to a) talk to Mark Corallo and, using his testimony, b) offer Hope Hicks a deal: you won’t go to federal prison if you flip on Emperor Zero.

    It’s now a race. Will Mueller crash EZ and his goons before EZ goes ballistic and tries to outright fire Rod Rosenstein/curtail Mueller’s investigation?

    My money is all in on Team Mueller!

    Hang on to yer hats, friends; it’s going to get crazy.

    • Esmom says:

      As if it isn’t already crazy! This “release the memo” stuff really had me tossing and turning until I read this morning the Nunes apparently tampered with the final version. That reassured me a little bit that it would be discredited but then I remember that nothing matters anymore to the deplorables. I hope you’re right about Mueller winning the race!

    • Betsy says:

      Oh come on. We all know there’s a dead man switch or a hundred of them. If Rosenstein or Mueller gets poop-canned, indictments will rain like manna from heaven.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      What are your thoughts on the timing of Mueller’s findings being concluded and released? Is it better to wait until there is a Dem controlled House (hopefully), or is it better for him to drop it sooner in order to prevent Trump from derailing the entire thing? If someone from his inner team (Kushner, his sons) were to be indicted before the final conclusion is made, do you think that would be helpful pressure on Trump (cause a forced error)? Or would it provoke him to do something incredibly destructive?

      I trust Mueller, I just don’t know what the “best case scenario” is right now.

      • jwoolman says:

        Mueller brought in state authorities early. There are big financial crimes involved. The states are undoubtedly ready to move in with their own indictments, so Presidential pardons won’t keep Trump people (or Trump) out of bigly legal trouble.

        Hopefully Trump will be persuaded to resign and find a nice comfy place for exile that won’t extradite him. (Dubai would work, assuming he can extract funds stashed offshore to maintain the lifestyle.)

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Let me know if any of this is incorrect:
        So if Mueller/NY AG find that he committed crimes that could be state-level charges, he could be indicted on those while serving President (aka legal consequence). Could these charges be used as the basis for impeachment proceedings (aka political consequence)? Would it be allowable for him to be indicted on state charges, even as president, even if the House doesn’t start impeachment proceedings? Are they totally separate from one another?

      • GreenTurtle says:

        Jwoolman- Trump in UAE. How perfect. He’ll fit in with all the other dirty money and gaudiness.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      I’m on Team Mueller for the win. Even though everything is starting to really ramp up with the memo, the finger pointing, the resignations and the firings–it really does seem we are reaching peak crazy before Mueller brings down the hammer. They are just trying to send out a veritable hurricane of BS, hoping beyond hope that something, one thing, ANY thing will stick. And has it? No. Oh sure it makes the news cycles, but is anyone really buying it? Some are, but many, many people aren’t. No one here is gullible enough to fall for that Clown Nunes’ memo–and I’m sure millions of others aren’t either.

      Also remember: These people are some of the world’s stupidest criminals. Some are just flat-out dumb, sure, but especially where Trump’s family is concerned they’ve got “the stupids” from two directions: 1. They really are dumb. Like seriously, stupid. 2. They are spoiled and complacent because they’ve always had money. Do you think Donald Jr or Eric or Ivanka ever “duked it out” so to speak with other kids and eventually as adults? Have they ever had to work hard for what they had? Have they ever had to be “smart” and “outmaneuver” someone for. . . anything? No. They work for their dad, or they whine and sue someone when they don’t get their way, or they fire people who they don’t like or give them what they want. They have ZERO ability to be manipulative, to pull the strings behind the scenes to get what they want without others knowing it. They’ve never had to actually *be smarter* than anyone–ever. So the fact that their criminal activities are so incredibly sloppy is in someways, not surprising. They just think they will buy, threaten, fire or sue their way out of the Russian problem. I think when they all realize that all of their bluster and threats won’t help them–I expect them all to turn on each other and point fingers at each other about who did what.

      Right now, they are all doing the dumbest thing possible–they are poking the Bear (FBI + DOJ) with a sharp stick and taunting it. Does anyone think that career FBI / DOJ people who have worked and sacrificed their whole life and sometimes put their life on the line for this country are gonna roll over for Dotard and Co? Hardly. Of all the people, departments etc. they should be “nice” to–the FBI and DOJ should be on top of their list. But no, they are trying to gaslight them, too. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      Robert Mueller and his team are smarter, tougher, harder and determined–all things this administration lacks. And even though I have my very, very, VERY cynical days thinking we are all screwed, I still believe in Mueller and his team will win in the end. Sorry for the rant!!

      • Sarah says:

        This is morbidly fascinating. I hope the country comes out of this okay but truly it’s fascinating to watch.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        So true. With this family, we’re seeing how money can protect you from just about anything. Donald Trump has failed at absolutely everything he’s tried, slithers out from under the wreckage (because consequences are for the little people like contractors and low-level employees) and is so obtuse he truly believes he’s succeeded at them all… because he’s never had to pay for them. They are like the 18th century French aristocrats, sneering down at everyone because they believe their wealth has made them better people in every way.

        I really, really hope the entire family goes down in flames.

  14. Mel says:

    If…and that’s a HUGE if, at some point this all leads to impeachment, I’ll be watching EVERY SINGLE republican in both houses to see how surprised they can act. They CHOSE party over country a long time ago and they won’t get to play dumb. If they have any decency left …oh wait…
    Those weasels Ryan and McConnell who spin more than Reagan’s head in the Exorcist…He drained the swamp, alright. He just kept the wrong part…

  15. adastraperaspera says:

    Of course Hope Hicks is in on everything. They all are. It’s not like Cheeto sat alone in his room conspiring via tin can and string with Putie. He had to have his pants pressed by Hope and eat a Big Mac brought in by Chris Christie while he schemed! Hope will flip.

  16. CharlieBouquet says:

    Yes to the eyes. She could have played aside Pacino in Devil’s Advocate.

  17. Lizzie says:

    this girl is so stupid. she needs to quit, get a lawyer and go to mueller – TODAY. wear a wire. be an american hero!

    doe she realize she is being completely set up to take the fall for all of this?!

    YOU IN DANGER GIRL

  18. starkiller says:

    I can’t believe this woman is allegedly 29 years old. That’s the hardest looking 29 I’ve ever seen. Is that what happens to your face when you sell your soul to Satan?

  19. Jaded says:

    The Orange Turd is clearly involved in cancelling the interview that was set up with Hopeless and the house intelligence committee vis-a-vis the Russia probe. The WH tried to blame the cancellation on Bannon’s refusal to answer many of the committee’s questions over what he said were “issues related to executive privilege”. That’s utter bullsh*t. She knows so much I’m surprised she’s not running to Mueller to spill all of the beans and begging for him to save her.

  20. mela says:

    Anyone else think she has demonic eyes?

  21. Bliss 51 says:

    Charo, you bring me hope and comfort, thank you!

  22. Belle Epoch says:

    I love you all, Celebitchies!!!! It really helps to read the comments here. I am getting seriously down about ALL of this. There is just so damn MUCH of it. Anything good was set in place by Obama, and Trump is just taking credit for it. Russian collusion and destroying the right to vote are striking at the roots of democracy. The ICE people are SAVAGES and the internment camps are ready. The parks are being destroyed, the entire coastline is being sold to oil, and Trump keeps talking about bringing back jobs in “clean coal” haha. And then there’s climate change denial, and pissing off every other country in the world, and lying about his health… IT NEVER ENDS. The Republican Congress fell right in line behind Satan and they are loving everything he does, even eliminating health care, barring immigrants, and deporting children. Of course there’s more. We need to pay attention, but it’s so painful!