After handing down indictments to former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly set to depose White House communications director Hope Hicks as part of his far-reaching probe into the president’s alleged potential connections with Russia during the campaign.
Hicks, 28, has been part of Trump’s inner circle since he announced his candidacy in 2015 and is scheduled to sit down with Mueller’s team in mid-November, Politico reported. She is part of handful of current and former White House officials who are expected to meet with Mueller as early as this week.
So far, Mueller is set to bring in a number of Trump administration figures who will serve as witnesses as to whether the campaign colluded with Russia during the heated presidential campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Nothing about recent events alerts the White House’s commitment to fully cooperate with the office of the special counsel,” said White House lawyer Ty Cobb.
While former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called to defund the probe – a move that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has indicated would not happen – Mueller’s team has advised Trump that such an investigation would only bring the matter to a close sooner and would allow the administration to continue operating how it has been.
Some Trump insiders have gone so far as to suggest that it would constitute “political suicide” to prematurely halt the inquest, Politico reported, nothing that allowing the investigation to continue would signal that the White House is unconcerned that Mueller’s probe will uncover no wrongdoing.
“I’m not sure how he couldn’t, considering… all of the revelations that have taken place,” Sanders said Tuesday, “have nothing to do with the president, have nothing to do with his campaign.”