Hope Hicks, a seasoned assistant to former President Donald Trump, is being questioned by the House Committee on January 6, according to a person familiar with the meeting, the Associated Press reported.

The panel has summoned Trump for an interview in the coming weeks, and Tuesday’s session takes place as the inquiry is nearing to a close. 

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Who is Hope Hicks?

Hope Charlotte Hicks is an American political consultant and public relations specialist. She was a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet from 2017 to 2018 and from 2020 to 2021. She was born on October 21, 1988.

From January to September 2017, she was the White House’s director of strategic communications. From 2017 to 2018, she was the director of communications, and from 2020 to 2021, she served once more as the then president’s counsellor.

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Hicks started her media and communications career as a young model and then joined the Trump Organization after graduating from college and working in public relations for a while. 

She later moved on to become national press secretary for the presidential transition team before joining the Trump Administration. From there, she became a press secretary and early communications director for the Trump 2016 campaign.

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Trump’s longest-standing political advisor, Hicks left the Administration in March 2018 after serving for two years. She served as executive vice president and chief communications officer for Fox Corporation prior to her resignation. She returned to the White House in March 2020 and served as President Trump’s counsellor until her ultimate departure on January 13, 2021.

Hicks divided her time between Greenwich, Connecticut (where she shared an apartment with her sister), and Manhattan prior to Trump’s election. She relocated to Washington, D.C. after Trump was elected.

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From late 2017 to late 2018, Hicks dated Rob Porter, a former White House staff secretary for President Donald Trump; their relationship ended in December 2018. She was rumoured to be dating Jim Donovan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, in 2020.