Lewandowski: There's no reason for me to be held in contempt

Lewandowski: There's no reason for me to be held in contempt
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiGeorgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Trump on Harris dropping out of race: 'We will miss you Kamala!' Key takeaways from first public impeachment hearing MORE dismissed speculation that he could be held in contempt after a rollercoaster hearing Tuesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee in which he repeatedly exerted executive privilege regarding conversations with the president. 

“I answered every question I had the obligation to answer,” Lewandowski said Wednesday on CNN.


“I don’t have any reason to be held in contempt, and I’ve told the members of Congress I’m happy to come back and answer more questions if they need me to after the five- or six-hour charade I went through yesterday.” 

Lewandowski repeatedly clashed with Democrats on Tuesday in a hearing that appeared to contain more theatrics than investigative work, with committee members expressing frustration at his exerting of executive privilege. 

“Lewandowski, you are like a fish being cleaned with a spoon — very hard to get a clean answer from you,” Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Democrat calls Gaetz the 'pot calling the kettle black' after Hunter Biden drug-use comments Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE (D-Ga.) said at one point.

The former Trump campaign manager maintained Wednesday that he was happy to answer questions regarding his work on President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE’s 2016 bid and in the administration but said he was simply following the White House’s request to keep private his conversations with the president himself. 

“That’s not my privilege. I don’t have the privilege, I’m not the chief executive officer of the United States, and so it is his privilege and the White House’s privilege and they’ve notified the committee that they are preserving that right under Article II of the Constitution, and they asked me to respect the directive of the White House, and so I’ve done that,” Lewandowski said. 

Lewandowski appeared as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Democrats centered their questioning around the president’s request in 2017 that Lewandowski deliver a letter to then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE asking that he set new limits on former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE’s investigation. Lewandowski responded that a vacation with his family prevented him from giving Sessions the document.