Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

FBI Warned Hope Hicks About Contacts From Russian Operatives

FBI Warned Hope Hicks About Contacts From Russian Operatives

The New York Times wrote Friday that Russian government attempts to connect with Donald Trump aide Hope Hicks undercut the theory that the Kremlin had deep ties with the Trump campaign.

But after a yearlong campaign in which the Russian government frequently succeeded in making contact with people around Mr. Trump, the overtures to Ms. Hicks also demonstrate that Russian officials seemed intent on gaining access to Mr. Trump's inner circle by any means they could.

Hicks was reportedly warned by Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agents at least twice during a "defensive debriefing", telling her that Russians who had contacted her were not who they said they were.

The meetings took place amid a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Moscow. She reportedly informed White House counsel Don McGahn about her discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Once President Trump took office, counterintelligence officials met with Hicks in the secure White House Situation Room 'at least twice, ' according to the report, to warn her that the Russians who contacted her by email were not who they claimed to be.

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Trump Jr. said he did not communicate directly with his father, who was with Hicks aboard Air Force One at the time.

Copies of the New York Times sit for sale in a rack July 23, 2008 in New York City. Hicks was communicating with the president about the statement while it got worked out.

The is no indication or evidence that Hicks - who was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team this week - did anything wrong, the paper said.

Some speculate her testimony might prompt additional indictments in Mueller's sweeping probe, which has already produced a laundry list of charges against disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Hicks joined Trump's presidential campaign from the Trump Organization, and was a close advisor throughout his campaign.

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