Hope Hicks apparently kept a White House diary

Hope Hicks reportedly kept a diary
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Outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks has been one of President Trump's closest aides throughout his campaign and presidency, and she could tell us a lot about the inner workings of Trump's inner sanctum. That information is worth a lot of money — as much as $10 million for an advance on a tell-all book, according to Britain's Daily Mail — but it has also put her in the crosshairs of investigators looking into Trump's ties to Russia and potential obstruction of justice. Oh, and Hicks apparently kept a diary.

A "White House insider" tells the Daily Mail that Hicks secretly kept a "detailed diary of her White House work, and her interactions with the president." Hicks is "one of Donald Trump's most loyal colleagues and friends," the source added. "She's not one to destroy that relationship. And she is certainly under some sort of nondisclosure agreement." But whether or not the diary helps her write her lucrative memoir, it may not belong to her, according to former White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen. If she kept a White House diary, he tweeted, it belongs to the U.S. government, "must be preserved" under the Presidential Records Act, and "raises issues about her handling of classified & WILL be subpoenaed."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.