Lewandowski scheduled for second interview with House Intel

Lewandowski scheduled for second interview with House Intel
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe problem with hindsight Whistleblower: Cambridge Analytica met with Lewandowski before Trump campaign launch Trump-connected lobbyist working for Ukrainian opposition leader MORE is expected to appear for a second interview before the House Intelligence Committee this week as part of the panel's investigation into Russian interference, a committee source familiar with the matter confirmed.

Lewandowski, who has not been subpoenaed, will speak before the committee in closed session on Thursday, Bloomberg News reported Monday.

During his initial appearance before the committee in January, Lewandowski said he was not prepared to answer questions that related to anything after he left the Trump campaign in June 2016, but he said he was willing to return and submit to questioning at a later date.

The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), called his unwillingness to answer certain questions at the time “completely unacceptable.”


“He has expressed a willingness to come back and answer these questions, but to me that is unacceptable to have a witness come before us and decide that for the purposes of today’s interview, these are categories of questions I’m placing off limits,” Schiff said in mid-January.

Since then, Schiff has repeatedly called on the majority to subpoena Lewandowski, among other Trump officials, to compel further testimony. 

Lewandowski's initial appearance came shortly after former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon also declined to answer some of the committee’s questions by drawing the same line in the sand.

Bannon, who followed Trump from the campaign trail to the West Wing, further infuriated lawmakers in February by refusing to answer anything outside of 25 White House-scripted questions.

While both Democrats and Republicans discussed contempt proceedings after he stonewalled the committee last month, the majority appears to have less of an appetite for starting the process to hold the former Breitbart News chief in contempt of Congress than they did a few weeks earlier.

Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayTop Russia probe Republican: 'No intention' of calling Cambridge Analytica officials back Conaway walks back comment after saying House Intel didn't probe collusion Republicans open to targeted China tariffs despite steel flap MORE (R-Texas) when asked whether he plans to talk to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSpending deal talks down to toughest issues, lawmakers say Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump Dem leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand MORE (R-Wis.) about such charges on Monday, responded: "Maybe." Last month, he had claimed more definitively that their committee will begin looking at next steps in regards to Bannon. 

Despite Lewandowski's second scheduled appearance, it is not clear whether he will provide any additional answers.

White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksHicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming Trump told advisers Kelly's job is '100% safe': report MORE, who has announced she will step down in the coming weeks, also declined last week to provide some answers during her testimony, saying it was at the instruction of the White House, according to Democrats. They said while she eventually discussed her time on the transition, she would not answer questions related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Organization real estate partner in India accused of 'large-scale fraud' Wife of White House social media director Dan Scavino files for divorce GOP Fla. gubernatorial candidate pictured with disgraced former congressman at Mar-a-Lago MORE and other top campaign aides met with a Russian lawyer with reported ties to the Kremlin. 

Lewandowski was ousted from the campaign over the summer, but he has claimed he still maintains a cozy relationship with the Trump administration.

He did not respond to a request for comment about his plans to appear before the committee.