by Jenn Carter
California Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday that “old, pervy” Democratic congressmen asked former White House communications director Hope Hicks about her love life during a closed-door House Judiciary Committee interview Wednesday.
“Nobody quite understood why she was back in the U.S. Capitol yesterday doing essentially another deposition,” Nunes said of Hicks during an interview on Fox News. “My sources that were inside and did the interviewing said it was quite embarrassing to watch the Democratic congressmen essentially ask Hope Hicks about her love life.”
“I think that’s very bizarre to have a bunch of old, pervy congressmen asking somebody who has no new information about her love life,” Nunes added. “I think the American people would be ashamed if they knew what actually happened in that room.”
Nunes, who is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, did not identify his sources for information about Hicks’ deposition.
Hicks left the White House on March 29, 2018.
Hicks was questioned for several hours about her work for President Donald Trump on the campaign, during the presidential transition period and in the White House. She reportedly declined to answer questions about her White House stint after Trump asserted executive privilege.
New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary panel, subpoenaed Hicks in May. Nadler requested documents and other information from 81 individuals and organizations associated with Trump.
Nunes detailed his allegations on FoxNews:
Other sources reported that Nadler repeatedly called Hicks “Ms. Lewandowski” in an apparent attempt to suggest that Hicks had been romantically-involved with former Trump campaign manager (and now pro-Trump PAC director) Corey Lewandowski — a bizarre and demeaning verbal assault.
On page 12 of the (limited) transcript released, Rep. Nadler first called Ms. Hicks the wrong name.
Chairman Nadler. No, sir. Are you asserting any privileges in declining to answer the question?
Mr. Purpura. We are not, Mr. Chairman.
Chairman Nadler. Ms. Lewandowski?
Ms. Hicks. As a former senior adviser to the President, I’m 12 following the instructions from the White House.
Then, on page 20, Rep. Nadler did it again.
Chairman Nadler. Ms. Lewandowski — sorry — Ms. Hicks, read the next two sentences also if you have it.
Ms. Hicks. Sure. The President directed that Sessions should give a speech publicly announcing — the dictated message went on to state.
Finally Hicks, who was supposed to be there to answer questions relating to the Russian investigation, defended herself and corrected Rep. Nadler. On page 25, this interaction happened:
Chairman Nadler. Yeah. Ms. Lewandowski, I think, in reading this —
Ms. Hicks. My name is Ms. Hicks.
Chairman Nadler. I’m sorry, Ms. Hicks. I’m preoccupied.
Preoccupied with being a jerk? Unbelievable. Where are the feminists on this crap?
Trump accused Democrats on Wednesday of “putting wonderful Hope Hicks through hell.”