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Corey Lewandowski to Testify Before House Intelligence Committee

Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to take questions next week from congressional investigators looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, The Daily Beast has learned. Lewandowski is one of several witnesses the House intelligence committee plans to interview as part of its Trump-Russia investigation. Reached for comment, Lewandowski indicated he will take questions, rather than pleading the fifth as other witnesses have done. “I’ll sit with anyone anytime,” Lewandowski told The Daily Beast. “I didn’t collude, coordinate, or cooperate with any foreign people or governments.” Lewandowski helmed Trump’s campaign in its early months. On May 19, 2016, Paul Manafort took over as the campaign’s chairman, generating significant internal tension between the two men. On June 20, 2016, the campaign announced Lewandowski’s ouster. Manafort was subsequently ousted as well, replaced by Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon. Since the campaign ended, Manafort has been indicted and Bannon has been unceremoniously booted from the White House. Lewandowski won’t be the only former Trump campaign boss to face a grilling from congressional investigators next week; The Daily Beast reported earlier Thursday that Bannon is also scheduled for an interview.

—Betsy Woodruff