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Trump lashes out at Democrats over Hope Hicks testimony

President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE on Wednesday lashed out at House Democrats for calling former White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus Women set to take key roles in Biden administration MORE to testify.

In a string of tweets, the president accused congressional investigators of holding him and his team to a double standard by ignoring what he called the “real Obstruction” carried out by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Texas Supreme Court rejects Alex Jones request to toss lawsuits from Sandy Hook parents Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing MORE.

“This is extreme Presidential Harassment. They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks,” Trump tweeted, accusing Democrats of wanting a "redo" of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s Russia investigation.

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“DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ARE #RIGGED!” the president tweeted.

Hicks is testifying behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee, the first time a Trump White House adviser has appeared before the panel to answer questions as part of its investigation into whether the president obstructed the Russia probe.

But the hearing could turn contentious over the White House’s attempt to block Hicks from testifying about her time in the West Wing. White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight MORE (D-N.Y.) that Hicks is immune from being compelled to speak about events at the White House.

Hicks was one of Trump’s closest advisers, having been an original aide on his 2016 campaign, before she left the White House last year.

She was a key witness for Mueller, offering information about major moments including Trump’s role in crafting a misleading statement about the Trump Tower meeting in 2016 during which Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpCompany appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  Singer Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' More voters say pardons for Trump's family would be inappropriate: poll MORE was expected to receive dirt on Clinton from a Kremlin-linked lawyer.