Corey Lewandowski had a difficult time debating Democrats who treated him like a hostile witness in a Congressional hearing Tuesday. When he tried to go off on a tangent and complaint, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wasn’t having it.
“We’re seeing a pattern of the president doing anything and everything to hide his misconduct from Congress and from the American people,” she said. “The president tried to get you to deliver a secret message to the attorney general, all in an attempt to prevent the special counsel from exposing the president’s own misconduct. As soon as the special counsel published his report and the president’s misconduct was exposed, the president tried to cover that up, too. Isn’t it true that the president has repeatedly tried to discredit your and other witnesses’ testimony to the special counsel in the published report?”
Lewandowski tried to deny it.
Jayapal then asked if Lewandowski follows Trump on Twitter. He wasn’t certain but said if he didn’t, he would rectify the situation.
She then cited tweets the president had sent that called the Mueller report fabricated and untrue.
“That’s the president saying that all the statements given by witnesses in the investigation, all those statements are untrue. Mr. Lewandowski, you were a witness in the investigation. You sat for interviews as part of the federal investigation, is that correct?” she asked.
Lewandowski said simply that he sat for Mueller.
“The special counsel’s report includes statements you made to the special counsel during the investigation did you lie at any point during those interviews?” she asked.
He said not to his recollection. Yet, Trump said he did.
“I won’t comment on private conversations, but I don’t appreciate the insinuation that I lied about anything,” Lewandowski said. “I’ve answered it multiple times. I’ve answered your question multiple times about my truthfulness to the committee and special counsel’s office.”
As he continued talking, Jayapal cut in asking if he has something to hide because the White House was refusing to allow him to answer questions. She played a clip of Lewandowski appearing on CNN for an interview with Chris Cuomo. He said during the interview he had nothing to hide and would reveal all. Yet, when speaking today, he did exactly the opposite, but when called out on it he feigned being insulted.
“You are not yet in the Senate. You are a witness to the judicial Committee. Please act like it,” she told him. “This is my time. I control it.”
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Bill Barr denies giving the order to gas protesters for Trump photo-op
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"Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision," The Associated Press reports.
"Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and others said repeatedly that the attorney general ordered officers to clear the park," the AP reported. "Shortly after officers aggressively pushed back demonstrators, President Donald Trump — accompanied by Barr, Pentagon leaders and other top advisers — walked through Lafayette Park to pose for a photo at a nearby church that had been damaged during the protests."
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"We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times," said Schmidt. "We've seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we've seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We've seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans."
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"I have said it before and I will say it again now: the GOP must not tolerate racism. Of any kind. At any time," his son, George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner posted on Twitter.
He urged local GOP officials in Texas to resign for sharing racist posts on Facebook.
Jeb Bush praised the post.
"Proud of my son," he posted on Twitter.
"Are other Republican elected officials stepping up?" he wondered.