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 HicksFormer White House official won't testify, lawyer says Trump: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore' 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: Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records | Fed chief urges Congress to boost US workforce | Federal deficit hits 4 billion in one month | China talks hit snag over agricultural purchases Trump falsely claims Ivanka 'created 14 million jobs' Overnight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings MORE's brand, took over for Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Scaramucci: Trump will be gone by March 2020 Scaramucci hits back after Bullock solicited personal message of praise 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 ConwayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban George Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' 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 PriebusFounder of veterans group says Trump Jr. can join the military if he 'really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about' Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE.

In January, The New York Times reported that a former spokesman for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 TrumpTrump Jr's 'Triggered' debuts at No. 1 on NY Times bestseller list GOP motions to subpoena whistleblower University of Florida student government president faces impeachment over Trump Jr. appearance 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.