Hope Hicks Resigns

Hope Hicks has resigned as Donald Trump's communications director.

Hicks is reportedly the closest of anyone to Donald Trump. The New York Times says Trump is Losing a Limb.

Describing their relationship, Michael Wolff, in Fire and Fury (p. 260) says: [More...]

the relationship of the president and Hope Hicks, long tolerated as a quaint bond between the older man and a trustworthy young woman, began to be seen as anomalous and alarming. Completely devoted to accommodating him, she, his media facilitator, was the ultimate facilitator of unmediated behavior. His impulses and thoughts— unedited, unreviewed, unchallenged—not only passed through him, but, via Hicks, traveled out into the world without any other White House arbitration.

Her role (and Jared's) in crafting Trump's response to the NY Times disclosure of Don Jr's meeting with Russians while on Air Force returning from the G-20 summit, and in the firing of James Comey, has been of interest to Mueller's investigation.

Hicks was interviewed this week by the House Intelligence Committee for 8 hours, during which she refused to answer most questions about the Trump Administration asserting executive privilege.

Fire and Fury alleges:

Miller and Hicks had drafted—or at least typed—Kushner’s version of the first letter written at Bedminster to fire Comey. Hicks had joined with Kushner and his wife to draft on Air Force One the Trump-directed press release about Don Jr. and Kushner’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.

So much of Fire and Fury comes from statements purportedly from Bannon, it's nowhere a certainty that the roles of Hicks and Kushner are accurately described.

The NY Times wrote a flattering profile of her here.

Trump aides say Hicks' departure was planned for a while. The Trump family is effusive in their praise for her. But with other aides close to Jared and Ivanka also announcing their departure this week (Josh Raffle, for one) I can't help but wonder, why is she really leaving?

Vanity Fair reports:

in recent weeks, Hicks became disillusioned with her job, people who’ve spoken with her told me. Her closeness to Trump meant she was also nearest to the hottest flames of the fires that have burned in the West Wing, the most intense being the Russia probe. Hicks has racked up substantial legal fees, one source told me. “She’s in immense personal jeopardy,” one Republican close to the White House said yesterday. “This is a sign the Mueller investigation is a lot more serious than any one of us thought.” (Hicks and the White House declined to comment.)

...The tipping point for Hicks was more personal, sources said. She was “emotionally overwhelmed” by seeing herself in the headlines during her boyfriend Rob Porter’s domestic abuse scandal, one Hicks friend told me. Hicks expressed disbelief at the allegations that Porter beat his ex-wives. She’s recently told people she’s no longer dating Porter.

Another factor, according to Vanity Fair, was her worsening relationship with Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Kelly pulled off a masterstroke by promulgating new security-clearance rules that neutralized his biggest West Wing rivals: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. “The Jivanka team is crumbling,” a person close to the White House said. A day before Hicks resigned, Kushner’s spokesman Josh Raffel announced he, too, was quitting. Between the relentless chaos of the West Wing and the looming Mueller investigation, even the most committed staffers are re-evaluating their options.

Who's left that has Trump's trust besides Jared and Ivanka?
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    Forget Michael Wolff; there's enough (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Anne on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:55:22 PM EST
    coming out of the WH from other sources that paints a picture of Jared (and Ivanka) and Hope Hicks that is every bit as accurate as anything Bannon has leaked/disclosed.

    This WH is like Lord of the Flies goes to the circus; there can't possibly be be anything getting done, so occupied are they with protecting their own fortunes at the expense of everyone else.

    The more isolated Trump is, the fewer people there are to keep him propped up, the more dangerous he will be.

    And I don't for one minute believe John Kelly has Trump's best interests at heart - he has been steadily peeling away all the people who buffer Trump; I think Kelly wants to be the only voice whispering in Trump's ear - and that scares the crap out of me.

    What's the likelihood (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:04:28 PM EST
    At least one of the post Trump books will be titled THE SNAKE PIT

    The ADL has quite a write up (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by jondee on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 09:59:45 PM EST
    on the author of that article on their site. The guy sounds like he sleeps with a copy of Goebbel's Favorite Bedtime Stories on his nightstand.

    Is the hard-right going through a surreal identity crisis these days or what? In one corner of the Big Tent, hard-right Zionists and evangelicals, and in another corner misogynistic white-supremacist skinheads..

    Or maybe this is the right wing's first-time attempt at honesty in advertising.

    that comment with link (none / 0) (#38)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Mar 03, 2018 at 09:47:04 PM EST
    was deleted

    According to several sources (none / 0) (#1)
    by Zorba on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 02:46:46 PM EST
    (Here's one)  the final straw for Hicks was Trump asking her how she could be "so stupid" as to admit telling "white lies."

    Yeah, I don't believe access reporter (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 02:57:07 PM EST
    Maggie got the real story.

    5 leaks now say McMaster is leaving, that Kelly and Mattis devised some kind of move.


    You mean (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:14:04 PM EST
    The Royal Stenographer?

    I (none / 0) (#8)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:44:55 PM EST
    thought those three generals were more or less allies. The League of Adults in the Room, there to prevent the WH devolving into total chaos.
    Both McMaster and Kelly were in the hot seat a week ago, but neither seem to be backing down from anybody. Mattis more or less keeping his head down and running the Pentagon as he sees fit, with little no apparent interference from tRump, I think he has the best gig in the whole mess.

    its interesting (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:51:32 PM EST
    im watching Nicole live and they are reporting the story but nothing about the Kelly or Mattis part.  yet.  im on a delay of about 15 mins.

    This (none / 0) (#10)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:10:54 PM EST
    is kind of old news, from a week ago
    With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general out of his current role and back into the military, according to half a dozen defense and administration officials.

    A search is quietly being conducted by the Pentagon to see if there is a four-star military job suited for McMaster, these officials said.

     I don't think this a "plot" by Kelly and Mattis to throw him overboard as much as a plan to provide a life boat.

    Admiral Harwood who was first offered the job, famously called it a s*ht sandwich. I'm thinking the McMaster has probably had enough.


    Did you see Kelly (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:45:36 PM EST
    Speaking at DHS say God is punishing him for leaving DHS?


    If we survive the books should be great.


    Meanwhile (none / 0) (#17)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:59:51 PM EST
    open hostilities have again broken out between Sessions and tRump. Nobody has ever speculated about the elf flipping, now that would be something.

    Elf tossing (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:02:09 PM EST
    The (none / 0) (#20)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:04:27 PM EST
    Road to Hell is Paved with Sh*t Sandwiches, is my working title.

    McMaster will try to rewrite his history (none / 0) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:07:37 PM EST
    I don't think Kelly will write a book

    Mattis will write an actual book on applicable leadership skills.

    If we survive


    So far only Mattis hasn't soiled himself (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:04:18 PM EST
    McMaster really soiled himself defending the President. I don't  believe he understood yet how crooked and comprised Trump Familia was. How could he not know? The soldier bubble he's lived in. Nobody that sheltered would believe that an American family is that crooked.

    Kelly has soiled himself so badly, we must never allow it to be forgotten what he did. I know they both want a do over, but this was never a game.

    McMaster will write a book though.


    IMO (none / 0) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:21:36 PM EST
    McMaster might be able to redeem what he had by truth telling. There is no redemption for Kelly ever.

    Who replaces him? (none / 0) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:26:29 PM EST
    This White House is so lawless they can't have someone in uniform as the NSA. Do we get Bolton?

    I don't know if history should grant McMaster redemption.


    I have no idea. (none / 0) (#33)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 07:59:52 PM EST
    I mean this jig might even be too low for Bolton. Maybe the just flat out need a mole who is going to tell what Trump is telling the Russians.

    If Javanka won't leave the White House (none / 0) (#34)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 08:17:49 PM EST
    I don't think McMaster believes he can do his job within the legal confines of his active duty service.

    My spouse says there doesn't seem (none / 0) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:53:11 PM EST
    To be support for McMaster to move into a 4 star command downtown among the uniforms. His peers had already decided he wasn't 4 star material and he was on his way out when Trump tapped him. He is Trump's man, not their man.

    McMaster wants to leave (none / 0) (#26)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:42:35 PM EST
    He wants out

    I would not be surprised if he has brought up to Mattis and Kelly that he cannot obey illegal orders, and Jared being so compromised he's making it into national security reports was probably the last straw for him and enabling illegalities while in uniform. Kelly and Mattis are no longer in uniform and not bound by the UCMJ like McMaster is.

    Originally McMaster hoped that another 4 star Korea command slot would be created, and he would take that and try to stop Trump from going to war with North Korea. And the Korean theater is the theater that McMaster is most knowledgeable on. But Mattis said no to a second 4 star Korea command. I don't know what his reasons were for that. But that was before things were this bad in the White House. I think both Kelly and Mattis will do what they can to help McMaster find a way out now.


    I heard this morning (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:17:26 PM EST
    Jarvanka plan to make a final push to get rid of Kelly and if it fails they are gone too.

    Jared may be gone, anyway (none / 0) (#5)
    by Zorba on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:37:19 PM EST
    And if he quits under pressure, or is arrested, Ivanka will quit too, I'm sure.
    Leaving Trump with few nurse maids whom he cares about to stroke his ego.  Probably leading to ever-worsening melt-downs.
    Pop some popcorn and pull up a chair, Captain.

    i have wondered if she would (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:44:21 PM EST
    where would she go?  would she stay because, daddy?

    anti-Ivanka/Jared clique (none / 0) (#13)
    by linea on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:12:17 PM EST
    Apparently, Steve Bannon was part of the anti-Ivanka/Jared clique when he was part of the Trump administration. Afterward, he authored derisive and mocking articles of them on Breitbart News before being ostracized from the site.


    Bannon's real undoing in the eyes of his boss, according to three people familiar with the situation, involves his perceived attacks through the media against Kushner and Ivanka as liberal Democrats seeking to undermine a more conservative agenda.

    Who (none / 0) (#14)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:40:53 PM EST
    didn't know that? It was obvious from day one from the torrent of leaks they aimed at each other.

    Kushner is almost the perfect enemy of the original Breitbart base(socially liberal NYC elite Jew globalist)), the base that Bannon rallied to carry tRump. The Breitbart community basically supported Bannon throughout his tenure only turning him when he outwardly turned on tRump. Even then it's more about the Mercer's money tan pissing off the "boss".



    Before You Go Overboard (none / 0) (#27)
    by RickyJim on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:18:15 PM EST
    playing the antisemitism card, according to Wikipedia, both founder Breitbart and $upporter Mercer are (were) Jewish.  The newspaper is very pro Israel and Bannon calls himself a "Christian Zionist".

    Breitbart is dead (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:22:43 PM EST
    and the Mercers are dead to Bannon.  Joe is absolutely correct.  we may recall Bannons fervent support of Roy Moore.

    if you like i could find some video of the jew conversations in that one.


    please don't (none / 0) (#37)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Mar 03, 2018 at 09:46:24 PM EST
    use this site to spread that kind of garbage

    There is nothing (none / 0) (#31)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 06:31:10 PM EST
    in the Wiki on Robert Mercer that says he is or was Jewish. He has donated mostly to evangelical organizations. Breitbart is the one that was Jewish or at least was raised Jewish.

    I don't think he wrote articles (none / 0) (#39)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Mar 03, 2018 at 09:49:21 PM EST
    that denigrated Jared and Ivanka at Breitbart, it was in media interviews with Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury.

    NBC News (none / 0) (#7)
    by linea on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 03:44:27 PM EST
    White House preparing for McMaster exit as early as next month

    WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser as early as next month in a move orchestrated by chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

    Just watched Nicoles interview (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:11:30 PM EST
    With Condi Rice.  I really think she might be thinking about running against DT in 20.  And maybe even if he's long gone.  She was, as she always has been, brutal on Russia.  And brutal on Trump, if marginally diplomatic.

    "I think people need to serve"  she said.

    Sorry (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 04:11:51 PM EST
    Wrong thread

    So may things (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:33:59 PM EST
    Not considered

    Many things (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:34:40 PM EST

    Donald talks/rants to/with Hicks too much (none / 0) (#40)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 08:47:34 AM EST
    I don't remember where I heard this theory, but Donald can't keep his mouth shut and whatever he says to Hicks, she can be compelled to repeat to a grand jury.  If she doesn't want to get further into it, her best move was to withdraw.

    One of the things I heard was rumored (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by Anne on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 01:58:24 PM EST
    was that Hicks was keeping a diary, which if true, would have to be about the dumbest thing one could do given the investigations by Congress and Mueller.

    I don't think (none / 0) (#43)
    by MKS on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 02:42:39 PM EST
    the Fifth Amendment would protect it....maybe Peter or J can confirm.

    I certainly believe (none / 0) (#41)
    by Zorba on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 01:50:46 PM EST
    that Trump cannot keep his mouth shut.  He does appear to spout off whatever is at the top of his head.
    If Hope Hicks is subpoenaed by a Grand Jury, yes, I think she would be in trouble if she refused to testify.
    OTOH, lawyers here should chime in, she could plead the 5th,  I would assume?
    I would say that Hicks is rapidly losing Hope.

    5th mendment (none / 0) (#44)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 05:15:26 PM EST
    Allows her not to answer to the extent it would incriminate Hope Hicks.  She can't plead the 5th merely because it incriminates the Donald,

    Given that (I'm told) (none / 0) (#45)
    by linea on Sun Mar 04, 2018 at 05:41:50 PM EST
    ... she has already been interrogated by the Mueller team, it would be best if she invoked the 5th before a Mueller empaneled grand jury to avoid a misstatement or inconsistent statement that may subject her to a `false statement' charge from Mueller. In my opinion.