Corey Lewandowski Hearing On Trump Impeachment Probe Goes Off The Rails As Democrats Get Frustrated [VIDEO]
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as part of the panel’s Trump impeachment investigation and the hearing quickly descended into chaos.
Democrats on the committee, led by chairman Jerry Nadler (D-New York), became visibly frustrated with Lewandowski’s stalling and general lack of cooperation.
At one point during the hearing, Nadler asked Lewandowski — a former lobbyist who also served as Trump’s first 2016 campaign manager — if he ever met with the president alone in June 2017, shortly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election began. Lewandowski responded by asking Nadler to point to the specific portion of the Mueller Report that led the House Judiciary chairman to believe this.
“Could you read the exact language of the report? I don’t have it available to me.”
“I don’t think I need to do that,” Nadler responded. “I have limited time.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler tells Corey Lewandowski that by not answering the committee’s questions, he is “proving our point…The president is intent in obstructing our legitimate oversight. You are aiding him in that obstruction.” https://t.co/88FP8pvnh4 pic.twitter.com/tnBC7BVum1
— ABC News (@ABC) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski then asked Nadler if he could “refresh” his memory about the contents of the 400-page Mueller Report, a move that led the New York Democrat to accuse Lewandowski of “filibustering.”
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Jerry Nadler looks completely unprepared for this ridiculous hearing. pic.twitter.com/sZ3rksoonJ
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 17, 2019
Nadler also blasted the White House’s attempts to prevent two other former Trump aides — Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn — from testifying.
“This is a cover-up, plain and simple,” said Nadler of this move by the Trump administration.
Nadler wasn’t the only one to saddle Lewandowski with questions and criticize him for stalling and refusing to tell the truth.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) at one point asked Lewandowski if he ever served as Trump’s “hitman, the bag man, the lookout, or all of the above?”
“I think I’m the good looking man, actually,” Lewandowski replied.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 17, 2019
Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) also reprimanded the former Trump campaign manager.
“You are obviously here to block any reasonable inquiry into the truth or not of this administration.”
Question: what does entitled white privileged look like?
Answer: Corey lewandowski https://t.co/TVnQTRsDdJ
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 17, 2019
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski also drew harsh criticism for his opening statement, in which he lambasted Congress and Mueller’s inquiries into Trump’s campaign, his businesses and his presidency.
“It is now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda – to try and take down a duly elected president of the United States,” said Lewandowski. “As for actual collusion or conspiracy, there was none. What there has been, however, is harassment of this president from the day he won the election.”
Trump praised Lewandowski for his statement in a tweet.
Such a beautiful Opening Statement by Corey Lewandowski! Thank you Corey! @CLewandowski_
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2019
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