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Corey Lewandowski Comes Home to CNN

Corey Lewandowski Comes Home to CNNIn the final stretch of a five-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Corey Lewandowski claimed defiantly, “I have no obligation to be honest with the media, because they’re just as dishonest as anybody else.” The moment, which epitomized both the president’s whataboutery and disdain for the truth, came as Barry Berke, a lawyer for House Democrats, confronted Lewandowski with various lies he had deployed during previous media appearances to discuss the Russia investigation. In which @BarryBerke tears Corey Lewandowski a new one pic.twitter.com/cwLf3NEI2E — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019 For many, the exchange was a perfect snapshot of Lewandowski’s public persona, from his time as the Trump campaign’s hostile campaign manager to a sycophantic mouthpiece for the president. (He spent most of the hearing stonewalling Democrats and ingratiating himself to the president.) But for CNN, the performance registered as yet another…


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The Corey Lewandowski Show Comes to Capitol Hill

The Corey Lewandowski Show Comes to Capitol HillFrom the moment Corey Lewandowski filibustered the first question he received from a member of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, his goals for the afternoon were readily apparent.Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s close ally and erstwhile campaign manager, wanted to make a mockery of a congressional hearing; to frustrate and embarrass his Democratic interlocutors; to demonstrate his loyalty to the president; and to boost his likely bid for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.Within about five minutes, Lewandowski had accomplished his objective: Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler was rolling his eyes and chastising Lewandowski for refusing to answer his questions, Republicans were accusing Nadler of breaking committee rules to hound the witness, and the proceeding had descended into a cacophony of cross-talk and gavel-banging.The display was especially disappointing for Democrats, who had at least a sliver of hope that Lewandowski’s testimony would be more…


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Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude Hearing

Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude HearingFormer Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about alleged obstruction of justice, collusion with Russia, and other unethical activity. But a defiant Lewandowski ran circles around frustrated Democrats, and the proceedings were largely a disaster for those who believe President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign should be held accountable for wrongdoing. This was obvious even to congressional Democrats. Hank Johnson (D–Ga.) said at the hearing that questioning Lewandowski was like “a fish being cleaned by a spoon,” which is not the go-to utensil for cleaning a fish, one gathers. From CNN: Democrats were left with a conundrum: how to use televised hearings to tease out damning passages of the Mueller report when Trump and his gang are determined to turn them into a circus. Their broader strategy of using their House majority…


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Corey Lewandowski Turned a Hearing on Trump’s Obstruction Into the Launch of His Senate ...

Corey Lewandowski Turned a Hearing on Trump’s Obstruction Into the Launch of His Senate …For a lot of people, testifying before Congress under subpoena about involvement in the president’s alleged obstruction of justice would complicate a nascent Senate campaign. But Corey Lewandowski treated his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee as an opportunity to tout his subservience to the Trump White House and endear himself to the president’s fans in New Hampshire. Trump’s former campaign manager used his appearance as a platform to bolster his pro-Trump credentials by attacking Democrats and denying that Trump obstructed justice when he tasked Lewandowski with pressuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rollback Robert Mueller’s investigation. “This fake Russian collusion narrative is the greatest crime committed against the American people in this generation or maybe any other,” Lewandowski declared during the hearing. Invited by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to opine on Democrats’ motivation,…


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The Bigotry Behind Corporate Media’s Use of ‘Oligarch’

The Bigotry Behind Corporate Media’s Use of ‘Oligarch’Even in corporate media, you will occasionally see references to the United States as an “oligarchy.” That is the judgment of former President Jimmy Carter, of peer-reviewed academic studies, and even opinion pieces in our most prestigious media (e.g., Washington Post, 4/8/14; New Yorker, 4/18/14). Indeed, Paul Krugman has been saying it in the New York Times (11/3/11, 5/15/15, 7/15/19) for years.  Just three men hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of the country combined, and the richest people in society use their money to influence media, society and the government. Non-oligarch David Koch. (cc photo: Fred Thompson) But if the US is an oligarchy, then who are the oligarchs? One candidate who has been in the news of late is conservative multibillionaire David Koch, who died August 23 (FAIR.org, 9/5/19). Koch was the world’s 11th richest and 29th most powerful person, according to Forbes, amassing a fortune of over $50 billion. The chemical and fossil fuel magnate used…


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Trump’s Bizarre Meeting With Corey Lewandowski Suggests a Consciousness of Guilt

Trump’s Bizarre Meeting With Corey Lewandowski Suggests a Consciousness of GuiltTestifying before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed a bizarre episode described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s March report on Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. On June 17, 2017, according to the report, Lewandowski had a one-on-one meeting with Trump in which the president dictated a message for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking him to publicly state that the Russia investigation was “very unfair” to Trump, who had done nothing wrong. The message also asked Sessions to tell Mueller that his investigation should focus on the threat of Russian meddling in “future elections.” One reading of that encounter is that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation of his own attempts at obstruction, since such allegations were part of Mueller’s charge. Another interpretation—the one endorsed by Attorney General William Barr before…


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