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    Lewandowski on Capitol Hill for interview in House Russia investigation

    Lewandowski on Capitol Hill for interview in House Russia investigation


    BENJAMIN SIEGEL
    Good Morning America March 8, 2018


    Lewandowski on Capitol Hill for interview in House Russia investigation More

    Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski returned to Capitol Hill Thursday for a closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian election interference and allegations of collusion between Trump, his associates and Russia.

    Appearing Thursday morning with his attorney, he told ABC News President Trump had not instructed him not to answer the committee's questions.

    "No," he said. I've already answered your questions, haven't I?

    Lewandowski returns to a House Intelligence Committee that has grown increasingly divided over the direction of its investigation, and whether to keep going at all.

    "We're at the point where there's really not much more that we can ask," Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the committee, told ABC News. "We feel we have an obligation to report at least what we know now."

    Democrats remain hopeful there will still be opportunities to learn from key players in Trump's campaign.

    Lewandowski, who served as Trump's first campaign manager until he was fired in June 2016, has remained close to the president and the West Wing, serving as an outside adviser to the businessman-turned-president since his election.

    "Even if he didn't work in the White House, we need to know everything he knows about events that occurred during the administration, such as the Comey firing, the letter that was written to cover up the [Trump Tower] meeting and other events," Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told ABC News.


    PHOTO: Donald Trump walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, left, after speaking at a news conference, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo) More

    Lewandowski was initially interviewed by the committee in January but refused to discuss his activities and communications with Trump after being fired from the campaign.

    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, said at the time that Lewandowski refused to answer questions about whether he had spoken to Trump within 24 hours of his appearance or discussed his planned testimony.

    The committee, split along partisan lines during its Russia investigation, has struggled to secure testimony from several Trump associates and confidants.

    Lewandowski's refusal to testify came just days after former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to discuss his work for Trump during the transition and in the West Wing, a move that prompted the committee to subpoena him on the spot.

    Bannon returned to speak with congressional investigators in February, but told lawmakers he was instructed to invoke executive privilege on Trump's behalf. Republicans and Democrats are divided over whether to hold him in contempt of Congress.

    Outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks appeared before the committee last week, and did not answer some questions about the Trump administration and her time in the West Wing.


    PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 15, 2016. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo) More

    Republicans on the committee have increasingly signaled that they see their Russia investigation coming to a close, and hope to release findings and security recommendations ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

    "We're closer to the end than the beginning," Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who is leading the probe, said Wednesday.

    Stewart accused Democrats of working to prolong the investigation indefinitely, and claimed they recently proposed a list of roughly 100 additional witnesses they hope to interview.

    "Some of them are Russians, one has actually passed away.

    There's a whole series of reasons of why we aren't going to be able to talk to these people," he said.

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/lewandowsk...opstories.html

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