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‘Massive lie to the American people’: Congressman says Trump enlisted Hope Hicks to cover up hush payments

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On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) discussed ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee regarding President Donald Trump — particularly her claim that she did not know whether the denial Trump directed her to give about the hush payments to women during the 2016 campaign was true.

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“I don’t believe her, because that was such a huge fact that she was repeating on behalf of Donald Trump, and it turned out to be a massive lie,” Lieu told anchor Erin Burnett. “When she realized that it was a lie, she was not able to talk about that, because she got that information while she was at the White House, and [the lawyers] objected to everything about her tenure at the White House, but she did confirm that essentially Donald Trump directed her to make this massive lie to American people.”

“155 different times your committee says Hope Hicks did not answer questions yesterday,” said Burnett. “And this went on and on … objection, objection, objection, you were getting no answers.”

“That is correct,” said Lieu. “And I want to say that the unprecedented obstruction by the Trump Administration isn’t just to the Mueller report, it’s to everything. So for example, we want to find out why is the Trump Administration suing to eliminate health care coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions, can’t get that. We want to know answers about the census questions, can’t get that. And at Hope Hicks’ testimony, they came up with this absurd claim of absolute immunity, which does not exist — no courts have ever found it. And just today the GOP’s own star witness at a Judiciary hearing said that this absolute immunity does not exist.”

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Corey Lewandowski wilts after CNN host nails him for serial dishonesty: ‘I’m as honest as I can be!’

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Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski appeared on CNN Wednesday one day after he admitted to regularly telling lies during media appearances -- and host Alisyn Camerota gave him a thorough grilling.

During the interview, Camerota played Lewandowski a clip of himself telling the House Judiciary Committee that he is under no obligation to be honest when he appears on cable news shows.

Lewandowski responded to this by angrily ranting about former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, but Camerota wouldn't let him off the hook.

"Corey, when do you lie?" she asked him. "Are you lying now, for instance?"

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The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’

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Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.

COMING UP: Former Trump campaign manager @CLewandowski_ LIVE on @CNN's @NewDay at 8amET on yesterday's contentious hearing and impeachment.

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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case

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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."

She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.

"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."

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