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The Latest: Panel postpones interview with Trump aide Hicks

January 18, 2018

President Donald Trump takes tour of H&K Equipment Company with owners Peter Cicero and George Koch, right, during a visit to promote his tax and economic plan, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Coraopolis, Pa. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin follows at far left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

The House Intelligence Committee’s private interview with President Donald Trump’s longtime spokeswoman Hope Hicks has been delayed.

Hicks had been scheduled to testify Friday, but that interview has since been postponed. A new date has not been set yet. That’s according to a person familiar with the committee’s investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Hicks is a close aide to the president. She served as his spokeswoman during the 2016 presidential campaign and now serves as White House director of strategic communications.

The House committee has been interviewing several people close to the president, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and White House aide Rick Dearborn.

— Chad Day

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2 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia.

The White House’s contention: Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says it’s not.

The argument was laid bare this week during former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s interview with the House Intelligence Committee. As lawmakers probed Bannon’s time working for Trump, his attorney got on the phone with the White House counsel’s office, relaying questions and asking what Bannon could tell Congress.

The answer was a broad one. Bannon couldn’t discuss anything to do with his work on the presidential transition or later in the White House itself.

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