President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is set to testify Tuesday as part of the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing, and sparks are likely to fly.
Lewandowski will speak after the Judiciary Committee voted last week to set the guidelines of its hearings, with Democrats saying they're investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump. But CNN notes this "could be a combative hearing," especially since when Lewandowski last appeared before Congress, things turned quite heated and expletive-laden. Unlike that 2018 hearing, Tuesday's will be public, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The White House on Monday directed Lewandowski, who never actually worked in the White House, not to talk about any conversations with the president outside of what's mentioned in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report. No significant new information, therefore, should be expected. As this is the first official impeachment hearing, it will be the first time that Judiciary staff questions a witness, The Washington Post reports.
Mueller in his report said that Trump instructed Lewandowski to tell then Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver a statement declaring that Trump has done nothing wrong and to limit the scope of the Mueller investigation. Lewandowski didn't do so. The report also says that on another occasion, Trump again told Lewandowski to deliver the message to Sessions and fire him if he refused. This time, Lewandowski passed that task off to another White House official, Rick Dearborn, who again didn't deliver it. Democrats have identified these incidents as examples of obstruction of justice by Trump; Mueller did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice.
Lewandowski, who is considering a 2020 Senate run, tweeted Monday morning that he's "excited" about the opportunity to testify and push back against the "angry Democrats who tried to take down a duly elected president." He also previewed this hearing as possibly serving essentially as a campaign stop by using the hashtag "#Senate2020." Brendan Morrow
Chief strategist Stephen Bannon was ousted from the White House on Friday, following a series of bizarreinterviews this week that raised speculation of his imminent dismissal. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the decision was "mutually agreed" upon by Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
New York reporter Gabriel Sherman said Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart, the far-right news website he helmed before joining the White House. Not only that, however, but Sherman also reported that Bannon is "ramping up for war" against President Trump now that he's been fired:
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. "It's now a Democrat White House," source says.
At a rally in Florida on Wednesday, Donald Trump flat out called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for her email usage. "Hillary Clinton bleached and deleted 33,000 emails after a congressional subpoena," Trump told the crowd. "She deleted the emails — she has to go to jail."
Trump also leveled this claim against Clinton at Sunday's second presidential debate, and told Clinton she "would be in jail" if Trump had been president during her email investigation. Clinton's team has claimed the deleted emails were of a personal nature and has maintained that all work-related emails were transferred to the government, and Clinton herself said at the Sunday debate some 37,000 emails were handed over.
The fact-checking organization PolitiFact rates the content of Trump's accusation only "Half True." While Clinton was served a subpoena for Benghazi-related emails on March 4, 2015, and the emails were deleted in late March, PolitiFact explains: "The FBI found no evidence that the emails were deleted deliberately to avoid the subpoena or other requests. Clinton's team requested for the emails to be deleted months before the subpoena came." Kimberly Alters