Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski reportedly shouted and cursed at Democratic lawmakers during an interview with the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month.
From The Hill
CNN reported Thursday that Lewandowski’s interview with the panel became heated and resulted in the former Trump aide swearing at Democrats on the panel, including California Rep. Jackie Speier.
“I’m not answering your f—ing question,” Lewandowski shouted at the lawmakers at one point, according to four CNN sources. They added that the lobbyist “repeatedly” swore at the lawmakers, who were investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
Speier reportedly pushed back, along with other lawmakers, but were unable to convince him to answer further questions.
Lewandowski did not deny using the language in a subsequent interview with CNN this week.
“I had to repeat on multiple occasions that there was no collusion, cooperation or coordination because the Democrats couldn’t understand my plain English way of speaking,” he said.
Lewandowski denied shouting at lawmakers, telling CNN he only used profanity after Democrats first cursed at him.
“I felt the need to respond in kind,” he said.
The meeting between the former aide and the House Intelligence Committee is Lewandowski’s second, after he initially refused to answer questions about his work on President Trump’s transition team during an interview with the panel in January.
But during his March interview, Lewandowski reportedly would only answer questions he deemed “relevant” and eventually refused to answer any more. Republicans on the committee sided with Lewandowski, citing the hours of answers he had already given.
The House Intelligence panel ended its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election last month. Democrats on the committee protested the decision, saying there was more work to do, and have pledged to continue their investigation without the majority’s support.