On the White House’s orders, Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski stonewalled lawmakers’ questions in a House Judiciary Committee hearing investigating one of President Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Mueller Investigation.
Despite parting ways with the campaign in 2016, Lewandowski continued to advise Trump behind the scenes as a private citizen. When former White House Counsel Don McGahn refused to carry out Trump’s request to demand former Attorney General Jeff Sessions un-recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump turned to Lewandowski.
After hours of constantly telling lawmakers that he wouldn’t detail any private conversations he’d had with the President, it looked like the first “impeachment hearing” held by Congress would amount to little.
Then, Committee counsel Barry Berke was allowed 30 minutes of questioning, and things quickly fell apart for Lewandowski.
Lewandowski, dripping with disdain, all but admits he lied during media interviews, prompting the audience to gasp at his brazenness. Hard to believe this guy is considering a run for US Senate. pic.twitter.com/cwLf3NEI2E
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
After playing an MSNBC clip in which Lewandowski claimed the President had never asked him to get in touch with Jeff Sessions and demand he un-recuse himself, Berke asked, “That wasn’t true was it, sir?”
“I have no obligation to be honest with the media, cause they’re just as dishonest as anybody else.”
People observing the proceedings audibly gasped. Berke continued to ask Lewandowski if he’d been truthful in the MSNBC interview, then admonished Lewandowski for having to consult his counsel to properly answer. Lewandowski responded by assuring Berke that he does tell the truth…when under oath.
Hours before, during the hearing, Lewandowski announced his run for Senate via tweet.
People weren’t surprised that a Trump loyalist lied, but that they were so bad at covering it up when testifying.
"I have no obligation to be honest with the media."
Every TV network should remember this moment the next time they think to book Lewandowski– or any member of this administration, all of whom have shown that their *sole* priority is doing whatever necessary to protect Trump. pic.twitter.com/MMVPiiiItc
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 18, 2019
Lewandowski, who is running for public office, admits over and over that he only intends to be truthful when under oath. Everyone better remember that, especially those who he is running to serve.
— Beki Knott (@lotsofuss) September 17, 2019
What Conservative values claiming individual can support this?
— nancy cronvich (@FT1965) September 18, 2019
Lying to the media, @GOP prerequisite for holding office.
— Dee #TeamKamala #TeamPelosi (@Msdmurph) September 17, 2019
Despite Lewandowski openly admitting he felt no obligation to be truthful when advocating for Trump on national television, CNN had him on the air by Wednesday morning.
LEWANDOWSKI STRAIGHT UP SAID HE IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO BE TRUTHFUL WITH THE MEDIA
DONT. PUT. HIM. ON. https://t.co/29cG0E0Qww
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 18, 2019
Genuinely can't overstate how wack it is that they brought Lewandowski onto CNN the day after he TOLD A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE UNDER OATH that he had no obligation not to lie to the news media????????
— Andrew Egger (@EggerDC) September 18, 2019
The guy just said yesterday, "I have no obligation to be honest with the media." If you don't put "LIAR" in the chyron, refer to him as "liar Corey Lewandowski," and have the host call him a "liar" in every sentence, then you are lying to the public. https://t.co/m7pKSwks7Q
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) September 18, 2019
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