Former aide to the President Corey Lewandowski appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. House Democrats wanted to get a better understanding of the exact role that Lewandowski played in the Trump administration.
One of the key questions the lawmakers had for the former aide was if Trump had asked him to relay a message to Jeff Sessions. When Lewandowski claimed that he had never been asked to do anything illegal for the President, Congressman Steve Cohen said that he may be the Forrest Gump of politics.
In the movie of the same name, Forrest Gump frequently finds himself in the middle of important historical events. Cohen told the former aide, “either you were willing to break the law for politics and Mr. Trump, or you’re some kind of a Forrest Gump relating to corruption.”
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The Tennessee congressman also said to Lewandowski during the hearing:
“Donald Trump talked to you outside normal channels so there would be no record of anything he asked you to do to obstruct justice. Nothing to do with that at all. The president knew what he was doing was wrong. Mr. Sessions knew what he was doing was wrong. Mr. McGahn knew it was wrong. You seem to be the only person who didn’t think it was wrong. But Mr. Trump was wrong. Because at the last minute, you got cold feet. You chickened out. The president’s trust was misplaceded. You decided not to do what you told the president you were going to do, and you handed it off to somebody else.”
Cohen wasn’t the only lawmaker who mocked Lewandowski. Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson called him a “chicken” for not following through with Trump’s orders.