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Hope Hicks to meet with House Intel panel

Hope Hicks to meet with House Intel panel
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White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE is reportedly scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia's election interference.

Her initial scheduled testimony was abruptly delayed last month as questions swirled as to whether she would respond to the panel’s questions.

CBS News first reported her expected appearance. 

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The top Democrat on the committee said it remains unclear whether Hicks will attempt to “stonewall” the committee by seeking to limit the scope of her testimony, like former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon did earlier this month. 

“We hope obviously that she will be fully cooperative, but at this point I don’t know what we can expect, except that we expect her to come in soon and we hope that she will fully cooperate,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Schiff: Biden administration needs to 'push harder' to stop violence in Mideast Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday, declining to confirm the exact date of her pending interview.

Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the presidential transition period in January by asserting executive privilege, a move that prompted the panel to issue a subpoena on the spot to compel him to return and answer their questions extending beyond Election Day.

When Bannon again appeared before the committee earlier this month, however, he refused to answer anything beyond a set of 25 questions preapproved by the White House.

Bannon’s refusal ignited a wave of fury among both Republicans and Democrats on the panel who said he had no grounds to assert the privilege on conversations or events that took place before President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE took office.

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Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayIf Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm Thompson named top Republican on Agriculture MORE (R-Texas), the top Republican leading the Russia probe, said at the time that he was talking with lawyers, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (R-Wis.) and other lawmakers to see if they can compel Bannon to comply after his second appearance turned out to be a bust.

Schiff said other administration officials have been “fully cooperative” in answering questions about the Trump transition period. He indicated the attempt by the White House to limit Bannon’s testimony is an outlier to previous interviews with administration officials, but he expressed concern that Bannon's example could trigger similar conduct in the future.

“In the case of Bannon, it was an insupportable and over-broad claim and he needs to be held in contempt and he is still pushing the majority to do what I think they are committed to doing,” Schiff added.

The White House and Hicks’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment about her expected appearance.

Hicks played a key role during the campaign and transition periods, including the highly scrutinized Trump Tower meeting in June of last year.

She reportedly helped draft Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpBook claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE’s initial misleading statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer. The president's eldest son said the meeting centered around Russian adoptions, while it later became known that he attended the meeting after being promised dirt about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe curious case of the COVID-19 origin Harris headlining Asian American Democratic PAC's summit Congress won't end the wars, so states must MORE's campaign.

Hicks has also met with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE as well as the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their separately-led Russia probes, CBS reported.