Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says 'happy' to testify before
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[August 17, 2019]
By David Morgan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald
Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said on Friday that
he was "happy" to testify before the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary
Committee as part of a congressional investigation of the Trump
The panel, which is considering whether to recommend Trump's
impeachment, subpoenaed Lewandowski on Thursday as a witness to an
alleged attempt by the president to impede former Special Counsel Robert
Mueller's Russia investigation after the 2016 election.
Now a private citizen, Lewandowski said he looked forward to the chance
to testify as "a guy who's going to fight back" against Democratic
claims of wrongdoing by Trump.
"I am an open book. I want to go and remind the American people that
these guys are on a witch hunt, right?" Lewandowski told Fox News Radio.
"Never did I say I wasn't coming."
House Democrats believed the White House might try to block Lewandowski
from testifying, as it has done with other former Trump advisers,
including former White House Counsel Don McGahn and former White House
Communications Director Hope Hicks.
"They didn't have to subpoena me," Lewandowski told Fox. "They could
have just said, hey, Corey, will you show up? I would have said: I'm
happy to come, right? Because I want to explain that there was no
collusion, there was no obstruction."
Lewandowski, who is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate in next
year's elections, said he could make a final decision on the issue in
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski departs after
appearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in
Washington, U.S., March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in 2016 failed to
produce enough evidence to prove that Moscow conspired with the
Trump campaign, despite numerous contacts between Russia and
campaign officials. Mueller also made no determination about whether
Trump obstructed justice.
The Judiciary Committee also served a subpoena on Thursday on Rick
Dearborn, Trump's former deputy chief of staff.
Both Dearborn and Lewandowski figured prominently in Mueller's
448-page report as witnesses to an alleged effort by Trump to
persuade then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal
from the Mueller investigation and redirect it away from Trump's
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Diane
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