East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell verbally jousted with former Trump presidential campaign manager Corey Lewandowski during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
During questioning, Swalwell and the combative Trump aide went back and forth over the congressman’s insistence that Lewandowski read out loud a memo he penned in 2017 at the insistence of the president.
Throughout the exchange, Lewandowski called the East Bay congressman “President Swalwell,” a reference to his ill-fated presidential primary campaign that ended last June.
“President Swalwell, I’m very happy with what I’ve written but you’re welcome to read it if you like,” Lewandowski said.
“Are you ashamed to read it out loud?” Swalwell continued.
“I’m not ashamed of anything in my life, congressman, are you?” Lewandowski responded.
The passage Swalwell urged Lewandowski to read aloud was displayed on monitors. According to the Mueller Report, Lewandowski was instructed to deliver the message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but ultimately did not do so.
“I know that I recused myself from certain things having to do with specific areas. But our POTUS … is being treated very unfairly. He shouldn’t have a Special Prosecutor/Counsel b/c he hasn’t done anything wrong. I was on the campaign w/ him for nine months, there were no Russians involved with him. I know it for a fact b/c I was there. He didn’t do anything wrong except he ran the greatest campaign in American history,” Lewandowski wrote.
Later, Lewandowski again trolled Swalwell’s presidential campaign, which featured a strict gun control platform, including a buyback program for taking assault weapons off the streets.
When Swalwell asked Lewandowski if he placed every note from President Trump in a safe, Swalwell asked, “How big is that safe?”
Lewandowski replied, “It’s a big safe, Congressman. There’s a lot of guns in there.”