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FBI Warned Hope Hicks About Contacts From Russian Operatives

White House communications director Hope Hicks 29 was the recipient of repeated efforts by Russians to contact her during the presidential transition according to a report FBI Warned Hope Hicks About Contacts From Russian Operatives
Patty Aguilar | 09 December, 2017, 06:44

The New York Times noted in its Friday report that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Hicks, who is now the White House communications director.

The F.B.I. meetings with Ms. Hicks occurred at the time of a brewing controversy involving Michael T. Flynn, then the national security adviser, and his calls during the transition with the Russian ambassador at the time. Against that backdrop, senior F.B.I. officials went to the White House in the early days of the Trump administration and warned all senior aides to be cautious about espionage threats, especially from Russian Federation and China.

The FBI also met with at least one other person close to the president, according to the report.

After Trump's inauguration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation debriefed Hicks multiple times, including in the White House Situation Room, about the emails to warn her that she might be a target of intelligence operations, which sounds slightly similar to warnings the administration received about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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Now it's just a matter of seeing if he is successful in reeling in the biggest of online fish: President Trump. President calls father of freed UCLA player "a poor man's Don King" on Twitter.

Hick was interviewed Thursday and Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, the Times notes. In a meeting in February, Ms. Hicks was told generally about the Russian intelligence efforts and pressed them for more information.

Trump Jr. said he did not communicate directly with his father, who was with Hicks aboard Air Force One at the time. Four Trump campaign aides have been charged due to the probe, however, none of the charges related to any sort of collusion with the Kremlin.

Former officials told the Times the intelligence and law enforcement community was concerned about introductory emails sent to Hicks that were from Russian government addresses in the weeks after President Donald Trump's election.

Additionally, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government.

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