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17 Sep, 2019 22:28

‘Not a House party’: Ex-Trump aide Lewandowski hearing turns into impeachment circus

Seeking to impeach President Donald Trump, the House Judiciary Committee summoned his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for a hearing that devolved into a trolling and shouting match. Here are some of the craziest moments.

Appearing before the committee on Tuesday, Lewandowski accused the Democrats of “petty and personal politics,” described the hearing as “going down a rabbit hole” and vowed to be “as sincere in my answers as this committee is in its questions.” The video of his opening statement was approvingly tweeted by Trump.

From the very start the hearing turned into an inkblot test for the audience, with every sound bite being interpreted strictly through the prism of partisan politics. One prominent example was Lewandowski’s exchange with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) which a liberal reporter described as “trolling” and “complete disrespect”:

Some Trump supporters, however, agreed with Lewandowski’s characterization of Jackson-Lee’s comments as a “rant” that contained no questions he could answer.

“This is the House Judiciary, not a house party,” Jackson-Lee said at one point.

“So if you ask me a question, give me the opportunity to answer your question,” Lewandowski replied.

Lewandowski at one point addressed Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) as “President Swalwell,” alluding to his failed bid for the party’s presidential nomination.

During a pause in the hearing, Lewandowski announced his new website, set up to facilitate a potential Senate run in New Hampshire.

He later joked with a Republican lawmaker that he had not read the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, and neither had anyone else.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) tried to paint Lewandowski as a mobster, asking him whether he was a “hitman, bagman, lookout, or all three.”

“I think I'm the good looking man, actually,” Lewandowski retorted.

By the end of the hearing, infuriated Democrats were demanding that Lewandowski be held in contempt. 

Meanwhile, proponents of the ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory saw evidence in Lewandowski’s answers, or the committee’s questions – or both – that they were right all along.

So what was the point of the hearing? To set up impeachment of Trump, as one prominent ‘Russiagater’ explained.

Never mind that every single attempt so far has ended in abject failure. 

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