In calling in Corey Lewandowski to testify, House Judiciary Committee Democrats hoped they’d get a spectacle that might boost their impeachment efforts.
It’s unclear whether that will happen. What they clearly did get, however, was a spectacle that cemented Lewandowski’s label as an unapologetic soldier for Donald Trump–for better or for worse.
Tuesday’s high-profile hearing was essentially a coming-out party for Lewandowski’s long-teased, but still unannounced campaign for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire: he talked up his “blue collar” roots and busines to President Trump while effusively praising his former boss and joyfully trolling his Democratic questioners. During a shower interruption, he tweeted out a link to a website supporting his possible Senate run; at different points, while in reply to a question from a affectionate lawmaker, he fantasized about what he’d do if he were in the “upper chamber.”
That performance didn’t come as a startle to Democrat on Capitol Hill or back in New Hampshire, who said they expected that Lewandowski would seize on the hearing to boost his own sketch.
Democratic lawmakers and aides did not admit to any second thoughts about Lewandowski’s appearance in light of his explicit politicking and eagerness to gum up the hearing. And they foresaw his testimony would damage whatever political hopes he does harbor.
Rep. David Cicilline( D-R.I .) noticed … … that in his testimony, Lewandowski admitted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found that Trump summon him to the Oval Office in 2017 and addrest him to send a message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the president craved Mueller reined in. Lewandowski had previously said he couldn’t recall talking about Discussions with Trump.
” That’s obstruction of justice, plain and simple ,” said Cicilline.” Admitting that in this hearing, under pledge, I think is not a lane to begin a U.S. Senate campaign .”
New Hampshire Democrats, meanwhile, have been salivating for weeks at the prospect of Lewandowski creating a televised sight, guessing it to be a golden opportunity to define him to voters ahead of a possible bid. Party officials and organizers in the district have been widely speculating that the onetime Trump campaign official would use his face time in front of the Judiciary Committee to leave little doubt in Granite Staters’ minds that he is preparing to propel a Republican challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank pointed to Lewandowski’s advertisement on Tuesday of the website paid for by a new outside group backing him, announced Stand With Corey.” By dodge questions and promoting that twilight money group during a Congressional hearing to which he was subpoenaed to testify, Lewandowski is demonstrating once again that he works for those shaded clients and Trump , not the person or persons of New Hampshire ,” said Marcus-Blank.
” That’s perfectly in keeping with his person ,” one member of the New Hampshire Democratic regime committee said on Tuesday afternoon.” Everyone who’s been following him in New Hampshire knows he’s all about exhaust, shameless executions .”
Lewandowski’s stunts in New Hampshire are traditionally been well cabled. In 2010, he debated a cardboard cutout of former Gov. John Lynch on national tariff period at the high levels of the Tea Party movement.
” It’s all operation ,” the New Hampshire Democratic country committee member lent.
The 46 -year-old Windham resident had been participating in a medium tour in his home state in recent weeks, saying he’s” taking a very long search” at a probable candidacy. After steering the early part of Trump’s firstly presidential campaign–before being toppled by the president in a spectacular fashion–the bombastic operative has since worked as a Washington consultant and television commentator, have taken part in politics from the outside.
The Daily Beast previously reported that Lewandowski recently squatted with Trump after several administration officials encouraged him to enter the scoot. While some Republican in the state explicitly said his entrance would help Shaheen’s chances–a sentiment that was bolstered by an editorial in the republican newspaper the Union Leader advocating for a write-in over Lewandowski–his allies are persuasion he’s entering as the frontrunner.
Over the course of over five hours on Tuesday on Capitol hill, Lewandowski made every opportunity he could get to talk up his profile and his work in helping to elect Trump in 2016. In knowledge, he seemed to revel in introducing precise politics into his testimony.” I acknowledge your commentaries about my ability to win in New Hampshire ,” he said, in response to Rep. Jamie Raskin( D-MD ), who mentioned Lewandowski’s political aspirations.
It was just one more thing to enrage Democrats during an already infuriating afternoon during which Lewandowski refused to answer questions and generally stymied Democrat’ limited time questioning him.” This is not a Republican primary expedition ,” admonished Rep. Hakeem Jeffries( D-NY) to Lewandowski.” This is the House Judiciary Committee .”
Meanwhile, Republicans on the panel seemed eager to serve softballs to Lewandowski that allowed him to expound on his patriotism, qualities, and persona. “Do you think the Democrat will go to any segment to erode the president of the Government and affected by the 2020 election? ” queried Rep. Debbie Lesko( R-AZ ).
“I believe in this democracy of the United State and I desire home countries, ” answered Lewandowski, said his primary concern is that his children and grandchildren look back at the Mueller inquiry and say, “that never should have been allowed, never to a Republican and never to a Democrat.”
Despite the tangled interview and political maneuvering, Democrats said it was worth bringing in Lewandowski.
“Besides,” said one Democratic aide,” It’s not like he has a shot at winning .”