1. Corey Lewandowski swearing in to committee hearing
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Corey Lewandowski, Former Campaign Manager of Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign for President:
"Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Collins and members of the committee good afternoon. I'd like to start off by expressing my hope that today's hearing will be productive in revealing the truth both to the committee and to the American people. For the record and as you likely know I've already testified before Congress on three separate occasions. I sat at length with the staff of the special counsel's office. There too my time and answers were given freely and without hesitation. I think in one form or another I've already answered questions for well over 20 hours. So now here I am before the House Judiciary Committee to answer the same questions again."
3. Cutaway of Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler listening
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Corey Lewandowski, Former Campaign Manager of Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign for President:
"As a special counsel determined there was no conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and any foreign governments either on my watch or afterward. Not surprisingly after the Mueller report was made public, interest in the fake Russia collusion narrative has fallen apart. In conclusion and it's sad to say this country has spent over three years and 40 million taxpayer dollars on these investigations and it's now clear that the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda to take down a duly elected president of the United States. As for actual collusion or conspiracy, there was none. What there has been, however, is harassment of this president from the day he won the election."
5. Cutaway of Rep. Jim Jordan listening
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Corey Lewandowski, Former Campaign Manager of Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign for President:
"We as a nation would be better served if elected officials like yourself concentrated your efforts to combat the true crises facing our country as opposed to going down rabbit holes like this hearing. Instead of focusing on petty and personal politics the committee focus on solving the challenges of this generation. Imagine how many people we could help or how many lives we could save. As I stated earlier I have voluntarily appeared in front of Congress on three separate occasions and spoken to members of the special counsel's office for multiple hours. I will continue to be forthright and cooperative and I will be as sincere in my answers as this committee is in its questions."
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is charging that House Democrats are "going down rabbit holes" and "focusing on petty and personal politics" as he is testifying at what the committee is calling its first impeachment hearing.
Lewandowski says that investigations of President Donald Trump have been "populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda — to take down a duly elected President of the United States."
House Democrats have called in Lewandowski to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Mueller's investigators detailed episodes in which Trump asked Lewandowski to direct then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit Mueller's investigation. Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.
Lewandowski said there's been "harassment of the president from the day he won the election."