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Trump Misses His “Hopey”

From the Daily Beast:

As Donald Trump’s comms operation has reached a Lord of the Flies level of disarray, the president and many of his staffers find themselves waxing romantic about a bygone Hope Hicks era.

Hicks’ departure left a leadership vacuum in the West Wing that has yet to be filled.

“He obviously misses her and still talks about her often,” the West Wing aide noted, comparing it to “empty nest syndrome.”

Hicks’ value to Trump often had little to do with her official title. She was a prominent source of personal support and comfort for an increasingly isolated president and considered like close family.

“I don’t know that anyone else can really do the job the way it needs to be done because of how the president operates,” a former Trump White House official previously told The Daily Beast. “Hope always seemed like the only workable solution to that. Big loss in that respect.”

The piece suggests that the lack of a likable leader has made internecine conflict in the White House, and the resulting leaking, even worse.

According to two sources who have spoken with the president about this issue in recent days, he has expressed his desire for at least one prominent “leaker” to be conclusively identified and “dealt with,” in order to make an example of him or her.

That would be a good start.

Hope Hicks to Appear Before House Intel Committee

I initially was going to write that she would testify before the House panel, but it’s not clear that’s going to happen.

From the Washington Post:

Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest aides and advisers, is scheduled to speak behind closed doors Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee in a meeting lawmakers fear could deepen their standoff with the White House over witnesses refusing to answer questions.

Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), who is running the panel’s Russia investigation, said in an interview Monday that he “would not be surprised” if Hicks followed the example of other close Trump aides and advisers who have simply refused to answer certain questions, arguing that the president might want to invoke executive privilege at some point in the future.

Hicks currently works as the White House communications director, but her proximity to Trump and long history of working with the Trump family make her testimony potentially valuable to the panel’s ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. In particular, Hicks is likely to face questions about a statement she helped draft on Air Force One addressing a June 2016 meeting that the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort held with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower. The misleading statement has raised questions about whether there was a deliberate attempt to obstruct justice surrounding the meeting.

The appearance has been delayed for months. She has already testified to special prosecutor Robert Mueler, back in December. If anybody has the keys to the kingdom, it’s Hicks, who has been constantly at President Trump’s side since the early days of the campaign. But there’s also no one more loyal.

Senior White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns After Ex-Wives Charge Abuse

Rob Porter, a senior White House aide who can often be found at President Trump’s side, resigned Wednesday after his two former wives accused him of abuse.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly had “full confidence and trust” in Porter and that he has been “effective in his role as staff secretary.” Nevertheless, they apparently accepted his resignation anyway.

Porter is also reportedly the boyfriend of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. She also dated former Trump campaign cheif Corey Lewandowski, who was accused of roughly grabbing then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during the campaign.

From the Daily Mail:

Rob Porter has resigned from his role as White House staff secretary after his first ex-wife told DailyMail.com that he choked and punched her during their marriage.

Colbie Holderness, 37, who is a senior analyst for the U.S. government, spoke on the record to DailyMail.com about her five-year marriage to Porter, detailing physical and mental abuse.

She said he broke down her confidence so badly with his verbal and emotional abuse that she took an extended leave of absence from grad school.

Holderness’s revelations follow DailyMail.com’s exclusive interview on Tuesday evening with Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby.

She told how Porter, 40, once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h’ on their honeymoon.

Porter also put out a statement, which Sanders read during the daily briefing:

These outrageous allegations are simply false.  I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago.  And the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.  I’ve been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.  My commitment to public service speaks for itself.  I’ve always put duty to country first, and treated others with respect.  I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump administration, and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.