Freudian slip? Nadler repeatedly referred to Hope Hicks as ‘Ms. Lewandowski’ – Washington Examiner
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler repeatedly referred to Hope Hicks as “Ms. Lewandowski” during a closed-door deposition on Wednesday.
The repeated gaffes, likely stemming from the rumor that Hicks, 30, had an affair with Corey Lewandowski, 45, who is married with four children, during the 2016 campaign, culminated in a curt reproach from the ex-White House communications director.
Within minutes of Hicks introducing herself at the beginning of the interview as “Hope Hicks,” Democrats began their line of questioning, and Nadler called Hicks “Ms. Lewandowski” three times.
Hicks did not correct the New York Democrat on the first two occasions, but the third time, she cut the New York Democrat off mid-sentence.
“Yeah. Ms. Lewandowski, I think, in reading this — ” Nadler began. Hicks shot back: “My name is Ms. Hicks,” Hicks shot back.
The Democrat apologized. “Chairman Nadler. I’m sorry, Ms. Hicks. I’m preoccupied,” he said.
A number of conservatives said they believed Nadler was deliberately trying to demean Hicks, pointing out that the names Hicks and Lewandowski are hard to mix up accidentally. On Twitter, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said: “Disgusting and childish behavior from @RepJerryNadler. Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and husband of Meghan McCain said simply: “Pig.”
There have been multiple reports out over the years about the love life of Hicks, including that she was going out with former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned in February 2018 following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.
In his book Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff claimed that Hicks had a romance with Lewandowski during the campaign. Friends of Lewandowski, however, point out that the tome contained a number of inaccuracies and its sourcing was opaque at best.
Lewandowski is married to Alison Hardy, a childhood friend of his whose first husband, Brian Kinney, was killed in the 9/11 attacks. He was a passenger on United Airlines flight 175, which was flown into the World Trade Center by al Qaeda terrorists.
The 273-page transcript of the deposition was released Thursday evening. The deposition was primarily focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction by President Trump and his associates.
Lewandowski, who was one of Trump’s 2016 campaign managers, was a subject of the questions. Democrats asked Hicks about Trump’s directive to Lewandowski, outlined in Mueller’s report, to deliver a message directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “unrecuse” from the Russia investigation. Mueller’s team, which interviewed Hicks, found that she typed up Trump’s words. Hicks told the committee that she found the request “odd” but was blocked from providing more information.
Lawyers from the Trump administration asserted executive privilege over any information Hicks might have been asked to give related to her work in the White House.