Who is Hope Hicks and what did she testify about?

Hope Hicks, a top former aide to former President Trump, delivered emotional testimony Friday in the hush money trial against her former boss.

Hicks served as press secretary for the former president's 2016 campaign, moving on to become a top aide to Trump during his time in the White House.

Hicks was summoned by the prosecution to testify about her experience with Trump and their work to combat several scandals that arose over the years, including the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape released before the 2016 election.

Hicks testified that she believed Trump was aware of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016, that was paid by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to quiet an alleged affair ahead of the election. Trump maintains that he was never involved with Daniels, and Hicks described the former president as being family-oriented in any decisions to suppress any potentially damaging information.

"I don’t think he wanted anyone in his family to be hurt or embarrassed about anything on the campaign," Hicks said. "He wanted them to be proud of him."  

The defense could use Hicks’ testimony to argue that Trump didn't want specific information made public to protect his family, rather than in the alleged effort to win an election.

Hicks also mentioned Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and a key witness for the prosecution, who she said "used to like to call himself Mr. Fix It, but it was only because he first broke it."

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