Hope Hicks, one of President Donald trump’s longest-serving aides, is resigning from her job as White House Communications Director.

The White House announced she was leaving a day after Hicks, 29, spent nine hours in a closed hearing of the house of representatives intelligence committee on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Hicks’ decision to leave was not related to her appearance before the panel.

Ms Hicks is reported to have admitted to the panel that she had occasionally told what amounted to “White Lies” for President Trump.

But she denied lying about anything relevant to the investigation into alleged Russian meddling. Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary rob porter.

She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.