Jerry Nadler Called Hope Hicks Ms. Lewandowski Over and Over Again: 'My Name Is Ms. Hicks'

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler repeatedly referred to Hope Hicks as Ms. Lewandowski during her testimony on Wednesday, according to a transcript of the eight-hour hearing.

Hicks, former White House communications director to President Donald Trump, appeared on Capitol Hill to answer questions about her time working for the administration after she received a subpoena from the judiciary committee.

The White House attempted to block Hicks from delivering testimony, but she appeared voluntarily, albeit with two private lawyers and three counsels from the White House and the Justice Department.

She faced questions about Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, with who she was rumored to have had an affair. Nadler, a New York Democrat, referred to Hicks three times as Ms. Lewandowski before she corrected him with: "My name is Ms. Hicks."

"I'm sorry, Ms. Hicks. I'm preoccupied," Nadler replied, before continuing with his questioning, a 273 page transcript of the hearing released by the House judiciary committee shows.

Lewandowski, who is married with four children, was Trump's campaign manager between January 2015 and June 2016. He was replaced by Paul Manafort, the disgraced fraudster now in jail after criminality was exposed during the Mueller investigation.

Trump did not want Hicks to appear in front of the committee, which is investigating the Mueller report's findings, in particular whether Trump obstructed justice in relation to the Russia investigation. The report lays out evidence suggesting he did.

"So sad that the Democrats are putting wonderful Hope Hicks through hell, for 3 years now, after total exoneration by Robert Mueller & the Mueller Report," Trump tweeted on the day of the Hicks hearing behind closed doors. "They were unhappy with result so they want a Do Over. Very unfair & costly to her. Will it ever end?"

White House counsels derailed Hicks' testimony, objecting repeatedly to questions and claiming "absolute immunity"—described by Nadler as "absolute nonsense as a matter of law"—meant she was not obliged to testify about her experiences while employed at the White House.

"As a matter of longstanding executive branch precedent in the Department of Justice practice and advice, as a former senior adviser to the president, Ms. Hicks may not be compelled to speak about events that occurred during her service as a senior adviser to the president," Michael Purpura, deputy counsel to the president, told Nadler.

The judiciary committee chairman replied: "This committee…disagrees on the question on the applicability of absolute immunity. The witness must answer questions or assert privileges on a question-by-question basis. This assertion of absolute immunity is improper."

Nadler added: "I'm not going to debate it. It's nonsense…I think we'll win in court on that one, but there's no point in wasting time on that now."

Hope Hicks House Judiciary Committee testimony transcript
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks leaves after a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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