Hope Hicks, Trump’s then-communications director, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for a voluntary nine-hour interview this week.
The headline was that she admitted having told white lies on behalf of Trump, but never lied about matters material to the Russia investigation. That leaves us with the head-scratching conundrum of what to believe when a liar admits to lying on behalf of a liar, but insists the lies were not material to the investigation. The questions abound. What is the difference between a material lie and a white lie? If an admitted liar insists her lies were not material, is she lying? Is that a white lie or a material lie? How does she know whether or not her lies were material unless she knows the full scope of the investigation? And, of course, why is a 29-year old public relations flack with a background in fashion the White House communications director?