Former Trump aide Hope Hicks is returning to the White House

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President Donald Trump waves with outgoing White House Communications Director Hope Hicks before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 29, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Cleveland.

  • Hope Hicks, the president's top former aide and White House communications director, is returning to the White House as a counselor to the president, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Hicks, 31, will report to the president's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and will work with White House political director, Brian Jack.
  • Hicks was one of the president's longest-serving aides and closest confidantes. She began working for the Trump Organization in 2014, served as press secretary for the Trump campaign, and ultimately became the communications chief at the White House.
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Hope Hicks, the president's top former aide and White House communications director, is returning to the White House as a counselor to the president after a stint at Fox, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Hicks, 31, will report to the president's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and will work with White House political director, Brian Jack, The Times reported.

"There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump's agenda than Hope Hicks," Kushner said in a statement. "We are excited to have her back on the team."

Hicks was one of the president's longest-serving aides and closest confidantes. She began working for the Trump Organization in 2014, served as press secretary for the Trump campaign, and ultimately became the communications chief at the White House.

But Hicks considered rejoining the administration last summer and asked friends which positions they thought might be available to her, CNN reported. And she has remained close with former White House colleagues and campaign staffers, CNN said.

Following her White House departure, Hicks spent several months living in New York City, where she kept a low profile. In August, Fox Corp. brought Hicks on as its top communications officer - a job that took her to Los Angeles.

Hicks testified before the House Judiciary Committee last June as part of its investigation into whether the president obstructed justice. She refused to answer the committee's questions during the closed-door session or provide any documents pertaining to her time in the White House.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to the committee that Hicks is "absolutely immune" from revealing information about her work in the White House, including minor details like where her office was. Democrats called the immunity assertion "bogus," and Justice Department veterans and ethics lawyers also said Cipollone's assessment has no legal merit.

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