Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel

Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface MORE says he would be "happy" to testify before Congress after House Democrats subpoenaed him this week as part of their investigation into key figures included in the Mueller report.

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Lewandowski and former White House official Rick Dearborn on Thursday, with Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse passes bill to expedite financial disclosures from judges Unrequited rage: The demand for mob justice in the Rittenhouse trial Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-N.Y.) saying he wanted public testimony from those "prominently" involved in the push to persuade then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE to reverse his recusal in the federal Russia probe.


"Could someone just give me the winning lottery numbers as opposed to subpoenaing me?" Lewandowski said during an interview on Fox News Radio on Friday.

"This entire investigation is a witch hunt," he continued, echoing the president's attacks against the special counsel investigation.

Lewandowski said he looked forward testifying as "a guy who's going to fight back" against Democratic allegations against President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE.

“I am an open book. I want to go and remind the American people that these guys are on a witch hunt, right?” Lewandowski said on the "Brian Kilmeade Show." “Never did I say I wasn’t coming.”

“They didn’t have to subpoena me,” Lewandowski said later. “They could have just said, 'hey, Corey, will you show up?' I would have said: 'I’m happy to come,' right? Because I want to explain that there was no collusion, there was no obstruction.”

Nadler is seeking testimony from Lewandowski and Dearborn on Sept. 17.

The Democratic chairman said in a statement that the pair "were prominently featured in the Special Counsel’s description of President Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice by directing then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel, and then by ordering him to lie about it."

News of the subpoena emerged hours before Lewandowski, who served as Trump's first campaign manager in 2016, appeared with the president at a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday night.

Lewandowski is considering running for Senate in the Granite State and he told Fox News Radio that he would make a final decision in early October on whether to throw his hat into the race to take on Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Sununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.) in 2020.

Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's report said that when Trump discovered Mueller was investigating him for possible obstruction, he ordered then-White House counsel Don McGahn to remove the special counsel over alleged conflicts of interest.

Trump also asked Lewandowski around the same time to persuade Sessions, then serving as attorney general, to reverse course on his decision to recuse himself from the federal probe, according to the Mueller report.

Lewandowski pushed back after news of the subpoena first emerged this week.

"It’s sad and pathetic that Congressman Nadler is harassing private citizens just to fend off his primary challenge from the Left. Mueller’s testimony proved what everybody knew all along: No Collusion, No Obstruction," Lewandowski tweeted.