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. LewandowskiLewandowski told by Fox Business host he was being 'a little slurry' during interview The Hill's Morning Report - New impeachment battle: Pompeo vs. House Dems Lewandowski: 'Fair' to say Senate run might not happen 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. JohnsonMaloney to serve as acting Oversight chairwoman after Cummings's death The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Hillary Clinton backs impeachment inquiry into Trump 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 TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE asking that he set new limits on former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s investigation. Lewandowski responded that a vacation with his family prevented him from giving Sessions the document.