DONALD JR/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “She built a national reputation as the elusive public relations force behind President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration, but Hope Hicks couldn’t save the President from himself on Air Force One in July of 2017. Though she rarely spoke on the record and almost never appeared before cameras, her candid account under oath of her deliberations with Trump as they sought to spin the story about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting with Russians paints an in-depth portrait of the challenges of working for Trump — and getting him to heed advice…The White House repeatedly said the President was not involved with the crafting of his son’s statement, which he in fact dictated, but Hicks’ testimony to the special counsel’s team, which took place in December 2017 and March 2018, offers an in-depth account of her repeated efforts to counsel the President on a communications strategy regarding the existence of emails documenting his son’s summer 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer and Hicks’ attempt to convince him to proactively release emails about the meeting.”

Betsy Klein, “Mueller report shows Hope Hicks’ struggle to persuade ‘boss man’ Trump,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, April 19, 2019 12:36 pm