If former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s goal during Tuesday afternoon’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was to stonewall and frustrate Democrats, he can safely proclaim his mission accomplished.
Lewandowski was summoned to testify by Democrats on the committee about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election and subsequent efforts to obstruct investigations into such efforts. He had been issued subpoenas along with former top White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn.
Porter and Dearborn did not show up on Tuesday afternoon, with Porter’s attorney citing direction from White House counsel Pat Cipollone for him to refuse to testify. Lewandowski agreed to appear, but only to discuss matters that were in the report on the Russia investigation made public last spring by former special counsel Robert Mueller. In particular, Democrats hoped to question Lewandowski about Trump instructing him to deliver a message to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russia investigation, about Trump being treated “very unfairly”’ by Mueller. The exchange between Lewandowski and Mueller took place in the Oval Office, and is described in detail in the Mueller report.
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