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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 07:45 PM

Hope Hicks warned Trump that Don Jr.'s emails setting up the Trump Tower meeting were 'really bad',

but the president told her not to go to the press

Hope Hicks, who left her position as White House communications director and top confidante to President Donald Trump early last year, played a central role in the White House's handling of media reports in July 2017 that members of Trump's inner circle met with a Russian official promising "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in June 2016.

By the first week of June 2017, White House and Trump campaign officials became aware of emails sent between Donald Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who helped set up a Trump Tower meeting as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

Trump Jr. famously responded to Goldstone on the chain, "if it's what you say I love it."

Hicks told Mueller that she discussed the emails between Trump Jr. and Goldstone with the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kusher in June 2017. She then attended a meeting with Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and the president in the White House residence on or about June 22.

Hicks said that Kushner attempted to tell the president about the Trump Tower meeting and related emails, but that Trump "stopped Kushner and said he did not want to know about it, shutting the conversation down," the report found.

Less than a week later - on June 28 - Hicks viewed the emails in Kushner's lawyer's office. Mueller wrote that Hicks was "shocked" by the messages because they "looked really bad" and, the next day, privately met with the president to discuss them.

Trump told Hicks that he was upset that so many people knew about the emails and claimed that the emails wouldn't leak, unless "everyone had access to them."


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