Hope Hicks' Lawyer Says She Didn't Lie to Congress About Trump's 2016 Hush Money Deal: 'Simply Wrong'

Hope Hicks' lawyer is refuting evidence from newly unsealed court documents that show the former White House communications director may have lied to Congress about her involvement in the hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

"Reports claiming that Ms. Hicks was involved in conversations about 'hush money' payments on October 8, 2016, or knew that payments were being discussed, are simply wrong," attorney Robert Trout said in a statement on Friday.

Trout added that Hicks "stands by her truthful testimony" to the House Judiciary Committee last month and will be complying with any further inquiries from lawmakers on the issue. On Thursday, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler demanded Hicks return to Capitol Hill for a second round of questioning on the campaign finance saga.

"As I reminded you at the outset of your interview, anything other than complete candor can have very serious consequences," Nadler wrote in his letter to Hicks. The Democratic congressman also listed seven instances where Hicks may have lied during her testimony.

The former Trump official has been given an August 15 deadline to voluntarily appear before the committee for additional questioning. If she does not comply by then, she will be issued a subpoena.

Hicks' original testimony came into question on Thursday after a federal court released un-redacted search warrant documents and other court filings that were part of an investigation into campaign finance violations tied to Michael Cohen.

The documents show that Hicks spoke with both Donald Trump and Cohen shortly before the negotiations began for the payments made to Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. The three of them spoke for at least four minutes during a conference call on October 8, 2016.

FBI records also show that Cohen and Hicks spoke again later that day. That same evening, Cohen began to work out a deal with The National Enquirer to arrange the hush money deal. Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for a slew of crimes he committed while working for Trump.

"Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages and emails, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford from going public, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood story," the document read.

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves the hearing room during a break at a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Hicks was the first former Trump aide to testify before the panel’s investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and obstruction of justice. Alex Wong/Getty

But Hicks told a different story under oath to the House Judiciary Committee in June when asked about the hush money deal.

"Were you ever present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels?" Rep. Jackson Lee asked Hicks, to which she replied, "No ma'am." Lee asked her the same question again, and Hick repeated the same answer.

Bradley Moss, a national security attorney, tweeted that the court documents make it clear that Hicks lied to lawmakers during her testimony. "I'm going to be surprised if there isn't a 1001 violation referral for Hope Hicks by the end of tomorrow. It appears rather clear she lied to Congress about the Stormy Daniels saga," he wrote.

The unsealed court documents marked the end of the federal investigation into campaign finance violations. The probe ended without any additional charges against other executives in Trump's inner circle who were linked to the matter.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley III said that the records were made public because the campaign finance violations and the information gleaned from the investigation are "a matter of national importance."

"Now that the government's investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials," he added in his ruling.