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Corey Lewandowski’s Testimony Before Congress: What to Expect

Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager, will testify Tuesday before Congress.

Mr. Trump has delighted...

Mr. Trump has delighted in Mr. Lewandowski’s possible run, telling a packed arena in Manchester, N.H., last month that his former campaign manager was “fantastic” and would be “tough to beat.” But the possibility is also rattling some of the most powerful Republicans in Mr. Lewandowski’s home state, who fear he would accelerate the destruction of what’s left of New England’s genteel politics.

The witness table at Tuesday’s hearing was supposed to be a good deal more crowded. Democrats had issued subpoenas for Mr. Dearborn and Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, to appear with Mr. Lewandowski.

But on Monday, the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, told the committee that Mr. Trump had directed both men not to show up[1] because they were “absolutely immune” from congressional subpoenas as former senior presidential advisers.

If that claim sounds familiar, it is. The White House has asserted that same immunity claim over other potential witnesses, most notably Mr. McGahn, the former White House counsel who is omnipresent in Mr. Mueller’s report.

The House filed a lawsuit in federal court last month challenging the claim in the case of Mr. McGahn. And a ruling in that case could affect whether Mr. Dearborn and Mr. Porter ultimately have to testify. In the meantime, late Monday, Mr. Nadler called the White House’s position “a shocking and dangerous assertion of executive privilege and absolute immunity.”

There has been ample confusion in recent days[2] about the state of the Democrats’ investigation, some of it intentionally fanned by Republicans. But part of the problem seems to be that Democrats do not agree on how serious they are about impeachment.

Mr. Nadler insists his committee is carrying out a full-bore impeachment investigation intended to determine whether or not the Judiciary Committee should draft articles of impeachment and recommend them to the full House. He and other Democrats on the committee have become increasingly outspoken in recent weeks, and on Monday, the chairman leapt ahead to say he was ready to vote in support of impeachment, but cautioned that he would have to try to pull the country and his caucus along first.

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  1. ^ Mr. Trump had directed both men not to show up (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ ample confusion in recent days (www.nytimes.com)

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