WASHINGTON — After Republicans complained Democrats were politicizing the Judiciary Committee with their probe of President Trump, the star witness at Tuesday’s hearing, Corey Lewandowski, used it as an opportunity to promote his Senate campaign.
“New website just launched to help a potential senate run. Sign up now!” the president’s former campaign adviser tweeted after asking Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler for a break.
Lewandowski is running for Senate in new Hampshire.
New website just launched to help a potential senate run. Sign up now! https://t.co/WlI11PaQ7M
"I just want to know for the record that when Mr. Lewandowski asked for the committee to give him a little break an hour and a half, two hours ago, he took the time during that recess to launch his Senate campaign website with a tweet," Scanlon said at the end of her questions, after noting President Trump was supporting his former campaign manger's Senate bid.
"I think that fact says an awful lot about the witness' motivation to appear here today and i've heard enough," Scanlon said.
Trump had also tweeted Lewandowski's opening statement, declaring "Such a beautiful Opening Statement by Corey Lewandowski! Thank you Corey!"
Scanlon brought Lewandowski's tweet up in an apparent bid to raise questions about his motivations for testifying to the committee, but not answering questions that the White House had earlier ordered him to avoid -- essentially any question that went beyond details already made public in the Mueller report.
Scanlon raised the tweet immediately after asking Lewandowski it Trump had offered him a pardon.
Lewandowski refused to answer, saying the White House had barred him from disclosing conversations with the president.