Last week we learned that the Republican National Committee, almost surely at the direction of Donald Trump, had funneled as much as half a million dollars to a law firm representing Hope Hicks in the Trump-Russia scandal. It may not have been illegal, but it was certainly hush money aimed at convincing her not to cut a plea deal or testify against him. Now Trump is hinting that Hicks is facing her moment of truth.
Donald Trump has posted this tweet: “Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters!” It reads like an attempt at bad poetry, and it’s something he clearly didn’t write himself. But he certainly signed off on it.
Based on the tenor and word choice of the tweet in question, Trump is clearly referring to Hope Hicks. Based on the way she’s being described, it sounds like she’s at her breaking point. Trump is incapable of feeling empathy, so his only possible interest in posting a tweet like this would be to try to convince her not to give up and cut a deal with Robert Mueller. So why Hicks specifically?
Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s former legal team spokesman claimed that he overheard Hope Hicks promising Trump that she would suppress evidence in the Trump-Russia scandal. The Trump-controlled House Intel Committee then hauled in Hicks in an attempt at figuring out whether she was going to flip as a result, and the day after her testimony, she abruptly resigned from the White House. Mueller has Hicks nailed on obstruction of justice, and she’ll likely do prison time unless she cuts a deal. Now that the RNC hush money scheme has been exposed, Trump seems to think Hicks is ready to sell him out.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report