As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation.
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s outspoken, loyal former campaign manager, is scheduled to appear Tuesday to discuss the report by former special counsel Robert Mueller. But it’s unlikely that Democrats will get much new information as they decide whether to draft articles of impeachment against the president.
“Excited about the opportunity to remind the American people today there was no collusion no obstruction,” Lewandowski, who is considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, tweeted in the hours before the hearing. “There were lots of angry Democrats who tried to take down a duly elected President. Tune in. #Senate2020″
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Lewandowski is echoing Trump’s characterization of the Mueller report, a characterization that isn’t fully accurate. Mueller found that there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia, and he also found that Trump could not be exonerated on obstruction of justice. Attorney General William Barr later made his own decision on obstruction, saying there was insufficient evidence.
A devoted friend and supporter of the Republican president, Lewandowski is likely to fiercely defend Trump — and he isn’t expected to elaborate much beyond what he told Mueller’s investigators last year. Mueller himself testified this summer, with no bombshells. Two other witnesses who were subpoenaed alongside Lewandowski — former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter — won’t show up at all, on orders from the White House.
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