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Lewandowski says he has no reason to be held in contempt of Congress

Posted September 18, 2019 8:47 a.m. EDT

— President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday that he doesn't think he will be held in contempt of Congress a day after the House Judiciary Committee's chairman threatened to do so following a contentious hearing.

"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 told CNN's Alisyn Camerota during a contentious interview on "New Day."

On Tuesday, Lewandowski sat for a roughly six-hour House Judiciary Committee hearing in which he largely ignored questions from the panel's Democrats on whether Trump obstructed justice. The hearing, which was the first official impeachment-related hearing on Capitol Hill in the wake of the Russia investigation, was largely filled with barbs, partisan attacks and references to Lewindowski's possible New Hampshire US Senate campaign.

The hearing grew so heated that the panel's Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York, threatened to hold Lewandowski in contempt, saying later that the White House's effort to restrict Lewandowski's testimony was based on "crony privilege."

At one point in Wednesday's CNN interview, Lewandowski questioned what he would be held in contempt for, arguing that he answered a considerable amount of the questions posed to him by the panel's members.

The former campaign official did occasionally disclose new details about his role in an incident that former special counsel Robert Mueller examined for potential obstruction. He confirmed that Trump told him to order then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to curtail the Mueller investigation so that it would only look for future election meddling -- and stop probing his 2016 campaign.

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