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President Trump took to Twitter to complain that his former communications director Hope Hicks is being put "through hell" by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, despite the fact that Hicks refused to answer any questions about her time in the White House during her closed-door interview on Wednesday.

So sad that the Democrats are putting wonderful Hope Hicks through hell, for 3 years now, after total exoneration by Robert Mueller & the Mueller Report. They were unhappy with result so they want a Do Over. Very unfair & costly to her. Will it ever end? Why aren’t they asking Hillary Clinton why she deleted and acid washed her Emails AFTER getting a subpoena from Congress? Anybody else would be in jail for that, yet the Dems refuse to even bring it up. Rigged House Committee

The big picture: A White House counsel sitting in on the interview has blocked Hicks — the first witness to at least partially comply with a subpoena in the committee's obstruction of justice investigation — from answering any question about her work in the White House or the Trump transition team, according to reporting from Politico and the New York Times. Hicks reportedly refused to answer questions as basic as where her office was located in the White House.

  • "I’m watching obstruction of justice in action," said House Judiciary member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). "We’re going to go to court. We’re going to win and just make Hope Hicks come back again and actually answer the questions about her tenure in the White House."
  • A transcript of the interview is expected to be released within 48 hours.

Worth noting: Special counsel Robert Mueller explicitly did not exonerate Trump. In his first and only on-camera public statement since he was appointed, Mueller took the rare step of publicly stating at a press conference: "If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

Go deeper: White House launches last-ditch effort to block Hope Hicks testimony

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Globetrotting climate envoy Kerry makes Biden team’s first visit to China

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

John Kerry became the first senior Biden administration official to touch down in China this week. He's also been the first to sit down with a string of world leaders.

Why it matters: Kerry may no longer be secretary of state, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise after a glance at his calendar. The unusual role could make Kerry a foreign policy force multiplier for President Biden, or potentially a source of mixed messages.

Chicago releases video of fatal police shooting of 13-year-old boy

A small memorial is seen on April 15 in Chicago where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer in March. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images

Chicago's independent police review board on Thursday released the body camera footage of an officer's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29.

The big picture: Tension continues to rise nationwide in response to police misconduct and racism. Thursday's footage release comes days after officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright in a traffic stop near Minneapolis, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, is ongoing.