President Trump’s communications director said she would be leaving the administration to explore opportunities outside of government on Wednesday. The decision comes a day after she testified before Congress in a closed hearing on the Russia investigation, during which she admitted to lying for the president on occasion. The White House said her decision to leave was unrelated to the hearing. Hicks previously had no experience in politics before joining Trump’s campaign. She is expected to vacate her job as the president’s trusted aide in the coming weeks.