Washington( CNN) It took Hope Hicks seven years to move from college graduate to White House communications director.

She spent about five members of those times working for the Trumps, developing a strong relationship with the future US President and members of their families, and now stands as one of President Donald Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted aides.

But it’s that role as a top Trump confidante, with country offices steps from the Oval Office, that is landing her in special lawyer Robert Mueller’s hot seat.