CNN has claimed that President Donald Trump is mulling hiring his former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to help him fight off the Democrats’ impeachment campaign.
“Corey Lewandowski, the political operative who helped elect Donald Trump, has had conversations with White House officials in recent days about potentially taking a position inside the administration to help the President confront a looming impeachment fight,” the notably unreliable far-left network reported Thursday afternoon.
“The discussions, including a Thursday afternoon meeting at the White House, reflect the growing recognition among Trump’s allies and advisers that he is without a clear strategy for managing the crisis, which exploded in stunning fashion this week.”
There is no actual crisis. Last week members of the media ran a report claiming that a whistleblower within the Trump administration had filed a complaint with Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson about a “troubling” promise that the president had allegedly made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Thanks to the president releasing a copy of the transcript to the public, it’s since been confirmed that no promise was made. The president had simply asked Zelensky to investigate 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden over possible corruption.
Released: Trump Ukraine call transcript … POTUS asks Dems for apology https://t.co/SWNO5kU8WE
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2019
Democrats believe the transcript proves otherwise, namely that the president had tried to pressure Zelensky into investigating Biden for political purposes.
Both Zelensky and Trump have disputed this, with the Ukrainian president claiming his U.S. counterpart exerted no pressure over him and the president claiming his request had been about rooting out corruption, not hurting Biden.
Nevertheless, the Democrats have seized on the whistleblower complaint and transcript and used them to justify launching a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
Were the inquiry to turn into a full-blown impeachment, Lewandowski would allegedly be tapped to “assemble a team that mirrors the one that existed in Bill Clinton’s White House when he was facing his own impeachment,” according to CNN’s unidentified sources.
“The team would be to help spearhead strategy and messaging as the House of Representatives’ impeachment probe heats up. The role could also exist outside the White House, and many of the details of the arrangement are still unclear,” its unconfirmed report reads.
The report notes that the White House hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Nor has either the president or Lewandowski tweeted about the matter.
Instead, Lewandowski’s tweets appeared to be focused on confirmed reports that he’s considering challenging incumbent New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, in the upcoming 2020 general election. The confirmations were not made by CNN.
One of Lewandowski’s tweets linked to a story by The Hill published Sunday. The story contained a clear-cut quote — one clearly confirmed by the former Trump campaign manager himself — regarding his 2020 intentions.
“I’m very, very seriously thinking about running for the United States Senate,” the quote reads. “[N]o American citizen should have to go through what I had to go through [or] be disparaged or attacked the way that I was by these committee members because they didn’t like my politics.”
The quote referenced his appearance last week before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, Democrats attacked him just like they would later go on to attack and disregard Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
“I’m very seriously thinking about running for the US Senate. No American should have to go through what I had to go through … should never have to be disparaged or attacked the way I was by these committee members because they didn’t like my politics,” https://t.co/K1vqdGKbqJ
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) September 22, 2019
Dovetailing back to CNN’s report, it contains no quotes from anybody. Nor does it boast links to any reliable sources. The only links it contains are to its own reports.
Published Wednesday, one of those reports seems to suggest via anonymous sources that the president is deeply worried over the Democrats’ impeachment efforts. It also contains an unconfirmed rumor that the president had begged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to not impeach him during an early morning phone call Tuesday morning.
“Trump was incredulous after Pelosi announced this week that she was endorsing a formal impeachment inquiry, people familiar with his response said,” the report reads. “He thought their early morning phone call had mitigated their differences, only to later realize he had misjudged the speaker.”
The president has – for his part – refuted this rumor. During a bilateral meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump said that the topic of the conversation had been about gun control laws, not impeachment, though according to him, Pelosi had displayed little interest in the topic.
“I’ll tell you what: Nancy Pelosi is not interested in guns and gun protection and gun safety,” he said. “All she is thinking about is this. She’s been taken over by the radical left, the whole Democrat Party. And you take a look at what’s happening in the media today. The whole party is taken over by the left.”
“Trump has since turned his attention to his fellow Republicans,” CNN’s report continues. “During multiple phone calls over the last few days, Trump has phoned allies on Capitol Hill to get their read of the rapid developments and make sure they are with him. Trump, who has long been mistrustful of the more establishment members of his party, does not welcome the impeachment fight that now seems inevitable.”
But judging by the president’s tweets and statements, he doesn’t seem too particularly concerned about the latest “witch hunt” and “fantasy” being pursued by Democrats:
Adam Schiff has zero credibility. Another fantasy to hurt the Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2019
A whistleblower with second hand information? Another Fake News Story! See what was said on the very nice, no pressure, call. Another Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2019
If anything, he reportedly believes that attempts by the Democrats to impeach him will ultimately be a “positive” for him, not a negative.
“The country’s doing the best it’s ever done, and I just heard [Pelosi] would like to impeach,” he said during a news briefing at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. “If she does that, they all say that’s a positive for me in the election.”
His belief is likely based on the numerous polls that have shown that a majority of the American people oppose impeachment.