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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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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.