Hope Hicks tops GQ list of most powerful in Trump’s Washington

Hope Hicks tops GQ list of most powerful in Trump’s Washington
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White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksDem senator: Trump Jr. should be 'locked up' if he doesn't comply with subpoena Forget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations House Judiciary chairman subpoenas former White House lawyer McGahn MORE has been named the most powerful person in Washington, D.C., by GQ, the magazine's website announced Thursday.

Hicks, the 29-year-old former public relations official for Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report House Intel to probe whether lawyers for Trump family interfered in investigation MORE's brand, took over for Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Mnuchin plans to hire ex-Fox News contributor Monica Crowley: report Scaramucci: Mr. President, the press is not the enemy of the people MORE after his short-lived stint as communications director last year. Now Hicks is one of Trump's most trusted aides and has lasted longer in the administration than many others have.

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“Hope is feared and revered in the West Wing,” White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayDem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' Bush economics director says psychiatrists labeled Trump 'total narcissist' Hatch Act complaints jumped nearly 30 percent Trump's first year in office: report MORE told GQ. 

“To the public, she remains in the background,” she added. “To the president, she is front and center.”

Hicks has so far avoided much of the public scrutiny faced by other White House aides, allowing her to outlast top aides to the president such as former chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Forget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Dems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn MORE and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Still, her proximity to Trump has ensnared her in the ongoing investigations into Russia's election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. In January, the House Intelligence Committee requested testimony from Hicks regarding her time in the Trump administration and campaign.

Hicks has also come up in the special counsel investigation headed by Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

In January, The New York Times reported that a former spokesman for President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s legal team, Mark CoralloMark CoralloThe 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe The Memo: Capitol Hill braces for Cohen fireworks The Memo: Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply MORE, may have planned to testify that Hicks may have been plotting to obstruct justice alongside Trump by deleting emails pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report Ukraine's top prosecutor says no evidence of wrongdoing by Bidens MORE's meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

"The idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false,” Hicks's lawyer, Robert Trout, told the Times last month.

Hicks also made headlines this month when it was revealed she was in a relationship with Rob Porter, the now-ousted White House staff secretary accused by his two ex-wives of domestic abuse.