Episode 2: A New Hope?

Episode 2: A New Hope?

It's crunch time.

About an hour ago, former White House communications director Hope Hicks arrived for a closed door congressional hearing, marking the first former White House employee to testify since the release of the Mueller Report. Hicks is no bit player in the report. She is mentioned over 180 times, especially toward the second half of the report where we get into the obstruction of justice case. As someone who just happened to be pretty, Hicks was often close to Trump's side during these incriminating conversations and Trump was more than happy to grant her access to these meetings. Trump loves his army of sycophants and having an attractive one by his side was his ultimate aphrodisiac.

So today, it's Hope Hicks' time in the spotlight. She is young, pretty, and seemingly has her whole life ahead of her. Prison is not an ideal landing spot for her at this point of her life. Yet we've already seen her compromise her future by taking a position in this wretched administration in the first place. Does she honestly feel any alliance to a man who would throw her under the bus in a moment's notice?

Trump's cronies will do everything they can in the hearing to prevent Hicks from fully cooperating. So the question for Hicks becomes this: how does she want history to remember her? Does she want to be seen as another Trump toadie along the lines of Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway? Or does she want to be seen as someone who put her country over party and who finally did the right thing? Will she have her Michael Cohen moment and realize that Trump has no loyalty to anyone but himself? Or will she loyally go down with the ship a la Paul Manafort?

As the musical Hamilton would say to Hope Hicks, “History has its eyes on you.”

This is your Hope Hicks closed door hearing open thread.



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