Over the past week reports surfaced saying that White House adviser Hope Hicks will be a star witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction investigation. Among six current and former Trump advisers whom Robert Mueller is targeting, Hicks is the senior most advisor still on the job.
Mueller recently released the names of 6 top Trump aides he intends to question and Hope Hicks was among those names. Curious, then, that around the same time Donald Trump would have found out that Hicks would be a key witness, he gave her a huge promotion, which smells like a bribe and obstruction of justice.
Hope Hicks has long held the title of White House Director of Strategic Communications. But on August 16th, right around the time that it became clear Junior was headed for the witness chair, Donald Trump promoted Hicks to White House Communications Director. She merely holds that title on an “interim” basis for now, but it’s nonetheless a promotion, even if it does end up being a temporary one. So perhaps she was good at her job and she earned a promotion. After all, someone had to take Anthony Scaramucci’s place as Communications Director after he was forced to resign, right? Actually, no.
Donald Trump has been through a few different short-lived White House Communications Directors since taking office. In between them, he’s allowed the job to sit empty for long stretches of a couple months at a time. It’s clear that Trump’s White House structure doesn’t rely on the position. So after Scaramucci’s departure on August 1st, there was no practical need for Trump to promote Hope Hicks (or anyone else) to that job title on an interim basis two weeks later. In fact his decision to leave it vacant for two weeks only serves to underline that he doesn’t rely on the position for anything. Besides, if Hicks had legitimately earned the promotion, he would have given it to her on a permanent basis. The interim promotion just doesn’t jive, and the timing is a red flag.
Imagine with me for a second that a Presidential administration that was corrupt enough to promote someone to White House Communications Director just to get them to remain loyal when she gives testimony to a special counsel that could bring down the entire administration.
Surely that couldn’t be the Trump administration, right? That couldn’t be considered even more obstruction, could it? It’s like an obstruction sandwich. That’s different than a nothing-burger, right?