Hearing gets heated after Lewandowski refuses to comply. Accused of being in contempt (VIDEO)
Cory Lewandoski, President Trump's ex-campaign manager, is having a pretty unsettling hearing today in front of congress.
He made a dig at Representative Eric Swalwell, referring to him as "President Swalwell" after refusing to read his own words he dictated for President Trump.
Here's that exchange, as recorded:
Swalwell: Mr. Lewandowski, I’m going to put a slide up and it’s the words President Trump dictated to you on July 19. Can you read what you wrote down?
Lewandowski: I’m happy to have you read it, congressman.
Swalwell: Well why don’t you want to read it Mr. Lewandowski?
Lewandowski: I think you should afford me the same privilege you afforded director Mueller.
Swalwell: Would you like to read it?
Lewandowski: No, you’re welcome to read it.
Swalwell: Are you ashamed of the words that you wrote down?
Lewandowski: President Swalwell, I’m very happy of what I’ve written, but you’re welcome to read it if you’d like.
Swalwell: Are you ashamed to read it out loud?
Lewandowski: I’m not ashamed of anything in my life, are you?
Swalwell: Have you ever put any words that the President asked you to write down before in a safe, or was this the first time you’d done that?
Lewandowski: I believe it’s my standard operating procedure when taking notes, Congressman.
Swalwell: So every note you take of the President you put in a safe?
Lewandowski: I don’t — It’s a big safe, congressman, there’s a lot of guns in there.
This then prompted chairman Jerry Nadler to accuse Lewandowski of "aiding" Trump in obstruction of congressional oversight.
"Mr. Lewandowski, when you refuse to answer these questions, you are obstructing the work of our committee. You are also proving our point for the American people to see — the President is intent on obstructing our legitimate oversight. You are aiding him in that obstruction. And I will remind you that Article 3 of the impeachment against President Nixon was based on obstruction of Congress. You are instructed to answer the questions."
Cory ironically launched a new website in the midst of the hearing in which he defended Trump and announced his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
“New website just launched to help a potential senate run,” Lewandowski tweeted, along with a link to the website StandWithCorey.com. “Sign up now!”
That means he's probably running in 2020. This hearing is most definitely being treated as a joke to him.