A former White House staffer said then-President Donald Trump made her and other staffers “look like domestic terrorists” during the Capitol riots.
Ex-assistant Hope Hicks told Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff Julie Radford that President Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021 damaged her professional reputation, according to text messages newly released by the House of Representatives investigating the riot.
“In one day he terminated every future opportunity that did not involve speaking at the local Proud Boys chapter,” Hicks texted Radford on the day of the riot.
Radford replied, “Yes.”
Hicks continued, “And all of us who didn’t have jobs in line will be out of a job forever. I’m so mad and upset. We all look like domestic terrorists now.
“It put us all out of work. How untouchable. God I’m so fucking crazy.’
Radford responded that she had “been crying for an hour” and said, “I know like there’s no chance of getting a job.”
Additionally, Radford admitted that she received a “blow-off email” from Visa and lost the employment opportunity.
The text exchange between Hicks and Radford was part of a series of documents released by the committee to support its recently released final report.
Hicks also wrote that former White House director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah Griffin looked like a “genius” for resigning about a month before the Captiol attack.
Radford and Hicks also texted about the resignation of former first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham. Radford opined that Grisham’s move seemed “self-serving.”
Hicks left the White House for the second time on January 12, 2021. According to CNN, she had planned her departure before the riots.
The documents, which supplement the final report, were released a day before the committee will be dissolved on Tuesday, when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives.
At its last meeting on Dec. 6, the panel issued four criminal referrals against ex-President Trump to the Justice Department, which is conducting its own investigation into the riot.
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