Former – and fired – Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski is testifying before the Judiciary Committee in the House’s first official impeachment inquiry. Lewandowski played his part perfectly: a clown, an obfuscator, a disruptor, a disrespectful buffoon, and an instigator.
Just minutes into the hearing, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler accused Lewandowski – who is still close to President Trump and considering a run for the U.S. Senate – of filibustering.
Happening now: Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee is a low budget way of cutting an ad for his upcoming New Hampshire Senate race.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 17, 2019
President Trump loved it. About a half hour into the proceedings, Trump tweeted out praise for his friend and former advisor.
Such a beautiful Opening Statement by Corey Lewandowski! Thank you Corey! @CLewandowski_
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski refused to answer questions, standing by the White House counsel’s letter which claims that Lewandowski’s “conversations with the President and with senior advisers to the President are protected from disclosure by long-settled principles protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interest.”
Legal experts disagree, given that Lewandowski has never been a White House or even a federal government employee.
This is exactly what it means to be prepared for obstructing Congress. https://t.co/5qgIPevAPl
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) September 17, 2019
This hearing is a complete farce. Trying to play nice with Trump and his GOP enablers will not work pic.twitter.com/DKpEcpz3Gq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
Corey Lewandowski almost explodes with glee as his shouts out Tom Brady and his favorite NFL team, the Patriots pic.twitter.com/pFyaGrpESO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski is now sparring with Rep. Jackson Lee.
"I'd be happy to answer your question or you can just have a conversation by yourself," he says.
She's not impressed. "This is the House Judiciary, not a house party."
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski now asking Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) to read the portion of the Mueller report she's referring to, even though it's projected on a screen for him to read.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 17, 2019
Trump just cheered Corey Lewandowski's stonewalling on his behalf.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 17, 2019
Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial
On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:
After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!
McConnell’s impeachment collusion admission handed the Democrats a powerful new weapon to damage the president
Mitch McConnell's admission on Fox News that he is working behind the scenes with the White House to stack the Senate impeachment trial gives Democrats a potent weapon against the GOP, wrote Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman in the Washington Post.
"If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it," they wrote.
McConnell bluntly defends working with Trump to undermine impeachment: ‘We’re on the same side’
Speaking in Kentucky on Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blithely blew off concerns about coordinating with Donald Trump's White House on how to handle the president's defense in the expected impeachment trial.
One day after admitting on Fox News that he was working hand-in-hand with the White House on impeachment tactics, McConnell was very blunt about his motivations when asked about his admission.
In a clip shared by MSNBC, the Senate leader was pressed about his plans.
"You told Sean Hannity last night you were coordinating with the White House when it comes to impeachment. Why is that appropriate?" McConnell was asked.