Why Democrats believe the stunning number of questions Hope Hicks refused to answer will give them a win in court

Why Democrats believe the stunning number of questions Hope Hicks refused to answer will give them a win in court
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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks was stopped from answering 155 questions posed by lawmakers during her closed-door interview Wednesday on Capitol Hill, according a transcript of the session Thursday evening.

Hicks, a longtime confidante of President Donald Trump, who was a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, appeared Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel's chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., released the 273-page transcript a day after Hicks testified for nearly eight hours before his committee as part of its investigation into possible obstruction of justice by the president, which began in March.

The former Trump aide was accompanied by two private attorneys, three lawyers from the White House and a lawyer from the Department of Justice, Nadler said. The White House lawyers present during the interview often quickly interjected questions posed by lawmakers with an "objection." In total, 155 went unanswered.

The questions Hicks refused to answer ranged from the president's actions raised in Mueller's report to where her desk was located in the West Wing in relation to the Oval Office.

"I'm going to object here, Mr. Chairman," her lawyer said when Nadler asked about the location of her office in the White House.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., asked Hicks about Trump’s attempts to push former White House counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller and thwart his investigation.

"On the evening of June 14th, 2017, the Washington Post reported the special counsel was investigating the president's conduct for possible obstruction of justice. Were there any discussions that took place with the president about his refusal to cooperate with the special counsel on obstruction-of-justice claims?" Deutch asked.

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