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 HicksHillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security House Intel panel votes to release Russia interview transcripts to Mueller White House announces changes in press office 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 TrumpOn The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 MORE's brand, took over for Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWhite House announces changes in press office Scaramucci’s wife says he’s trying not to ‘blab’ White House secrets on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ White House press aide Raj Shah joining lobbying firm 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 ConwayOn The Money: Negotiators aiming to reach deal Monday night | Why border talks stalled | Treasury calls reports on dip in tax refunds 'misleading' | Cuomo, Trump to discuss SALT deduction cap Conway: Trump and Xi 'will meet again soon' with trade deadline looming Kellyanne Conway: 'I was assaulted at a restaurant' by an 'unhinged' woman 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 PriebusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? Ex-White House aide says 'cartoon villain' Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed colleagues Trump Org hires former WH ethics lawyer to deal with congressional probes 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 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE’s legal team, Mark CoralloMark CoralloThe Memo: Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply Trump faces mounting legal pressure on three fronts Former aide: Trump equated US to ‘regime of a murderous kleptocrat’ 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 TrumpTrump Organization drops plans to open new hotels amid scrutiny: report Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Schultz won't say if he will sell all Starbucks shares if he becomes president 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.