Lewandowski Defends Trump in Hearing

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We ran the numbers: There are 1087 news articles covering this topic. 61% (668) are left leaning, 33% (357) center, 6% (62) right leaning.

On Tuesday, Cory Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, testified in a hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee and worked to defend his former boss. The House had subpoenaed Lewandowski in an attempt to learn more about Lewandowski’s testimony to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In the hearing, Lewandowski criticized the “fake” narrative that Russia had meddled in the election and refused to answer questions that the White House had instructed him to avoid. He also promoted his potential Senate campaign during the hearing. 

Left-leaning coverage of the hearing from the Washington Post emphasizes Lewandowski’s recalcitrance in his answers and his determination to follow the guidance set out by the White House. The article suggests that Lewandowski was particularly eager to undermine the hearing because he knew Trump was watching and was hoping to secure an endorsement from the president in his Senate campaign. The article notes, “Under questioning, Lewandowski routinely asked for page numbers, feigned ignorance and otherwise dodged questions from Democrats.”

A right-leaning Fox News article focuses on Lewandowski’s statements in his first interview after the hearing, with Fox’s Martha MacCallum. According to Lewandowski, House Democrats arranged the hearing for political gain, out of fear that they may face primary challenges from further left-leaning Democrats in 2020. Right-leaning sources tended to emphasize Lewandowski’s criticism of Democrats during the hearing, with some noting that he referred to Rep. Eric Salwell as “President Salwell,” referring to his failed presidential run.

A centrist article from The Hill emphasizes that Lewandowski did not answer questions about meetings during Trump’s 2016 campaign that the White House instructed him to avoid. The article reads “While Lewandowski said he would answer questions about the Mueller report, the White House sought to place limitations on the testimony of Lewandowski, who has never worked in the Trump administration.”