Democrats were furious after President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski turned down fierce interrogation and refused to discuss the president on Tuesday’s combative hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.
“Interest in the fake Russia collusion narrative has fallen apart,” Lewandowski said. “It’s now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda.”
“As for actual ‘collusion,’ or ‘conspiracy,’ there was none,” Lewandowski said to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 17. “What there has been, however, is harassment of the president from the day he won the election.”
The American public “has been subjected to a false narrative” about what happened in the 2016 campaign by “bad actors in the FBI and the intelligence community” and “lies coming from members of the current House majority,” Lewandowski said.
“I have nothing to hide because we never committed any crimes on the campaign. We never colluded with anyone, which is exactly what the Mueller report says, so I was happy to go,” Lewandowski told Martha MacCallum Tuesday on “The Story” that Democrats fear facing primary challenges from left-wing candidates in 2020, according to Fox News.
“What we know is that the far-left wing of the Democratic Party has to have these hearings to protect themselves in their congressional districts from further left progressives who want to take them out in their primary races,” he continued. “This is all politics, and the truth is, it is a disservice to the American people.”
“We as a nation would be better served if elected officials like you concentrated your efforts to combat the true crises facing our country as opposed to going down rabbit holes like this hearing,” Lewandowski added. “If instead of focusing on petty and personal politics, the committee focused on solving the challenges of this generation, imagine how many people we could help.”
Even though Lewandowski has never worked for the Trump administration, he recognizes that he had a duty to protect the president’s ability to meet and take counsel in confidence despite it not being his privilege to invoke, according to NPR.
“The White House has directed that I not disclose the substance of any discussion with the president or his advisers to protect executive branch confidentiality,” he repeated. “I recognize this is not my privilege, but I am respecting the White House’s decision.”
Democrats fume as cross-examination fails, Republicans laugh at facade
Furious that they were unable to get Lewandowski to speak, Democrats exploded in anger as they fired back at the ex-Trump campaign boss, accusing him of “obstructing” the committee’s work, “lying” and “here to participate in a continuing cover-up.”
The hearing did not go into much depth but was almost comical at times.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) mocked Lewandowski asking him, “Are you the hit man, bag man, the lookout, or all of the above?” to which Lewandowski witfully replied: “I think I’m the good-looking man, actually.” The Washington Post reports.
Minority Republicans of the Judiciary Committee found the Democrats casual repetition of “impeachment” laughable, which ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and his colleagues saw as a scam.
It’s a “faux-impeachment charade,” Collins stated, arguing that the Democrats’ effort to pacify their leftmost liberal supporters to fabricate an illusion that impeachment is underway, is but a facade.
“They don’t have the votes,” Collins said. “The majority made a promise and they couldn’t keep it.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called the hearing a “joke” and expressed dissatisfaction of how poorly it was executed at that.
“The path the majority has taken us on has rambled from disorganized to just downright dizzying,” Gaetz said.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) chimed in on the issue.
“They’re going to find something—anything—to keep this impeachment hoax alive,” he said.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) however believes that the hearing should have involved a testimony from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general tasked with investigating alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Jordan’s request for Horowitz to appear before the Judiciary Committee was rebuffed by Nadler, according to Fox News.
“When I asked the chairman when we might have an opportunity to question Mr. Horowitz, he said, ‘I don’t know. I haven’t thought about that,’” Jordan said.
“Of course you haven’t thought about that,” Jordan contended. “Too busy trying to impeach the president. Too busy slapping subpoenas on Corey Lewandowski.”
“The president didn’t commit any crimes, didn’t collude with any foreign entities, and didn’t try and stop the Mueller investigation,” he said. “If he’s guilty of something, it’s of putting America first—and if that’s the case, then he’s absolutely guilty as charged.”