House Democrats are continuing to utilize their position as the majority party in Congress to subpoena former President Trump associates.
ABC News reports the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoenas of Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn, Trump’s former White House deputy chief of staff for policy, are the latest in a continued effort by House Democrats to investigate President Trump for obstruction of justice.
“It is clear that any other American would have been prosecuted based on the evidence Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller uncovered in his report. Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn 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,” Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement via the report.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent 22 months and more than $20 million investigating the president but did not charge him with obstruction of justice or collusion. Mueller did provide ten possible instances of obstruction of justice in his final report but said he did not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. Testifying on his final report, Mueller also said he was not intending to pass the buck to Congress so they could continue the investigation.
“The subpoena comes the same day that Lewandowski will join the president at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, amid speculation that he will formally announce a run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in 2020,” ABC News adds.
Mueller’s report describes Trump dictating a message to Lewandowski to give to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of the special counsel’s investigation to only election interference. As Mueller’s report states, Lewandowski never delivered the message and instead asked Dearborn to do so.
“Dearborn also said that being asked to serve as a messenger to Sessions made him uncomfortable,” Mueller’s report says. “He recalled later telling Lewandowski that he had handled the situation, but he did not actually follow through with delivering the message to Sessions, and he did not keep a copy of the typewritten notes Lewandowski had given him.”
According to the report, Lewandowski is reportedly willing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee but his lawyer said this will be his client’s fourth time testifying before Congress.
“Mr. Lewandowski has voluntarily appeared before and cooperated with Congress three times answering questions for hours. He also has spoken for hours with the special counsels office,” Peter Chavkin, Lewandowski’s lawyer, reportedly said. “In light of this, it is fair to ask what could be gained from requiring him to appear yet again.”
The witch hunt continues.