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Corey Lewandowski testifies in House Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, left Democrats disappointed on Thursday by refusing to answer some questions from the House Intelligence Committee, one of three congressional panels investigating Russian political interference.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the committee's ranking Democrat, said Lewandowski wouldn't talk about several key episodes, including Trump's firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey in May 2017 and his reported discussions about firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Lewandowski also declined to answer questions about the drafting of an inaccurate statement last year on Air Force One about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Lewandowski was replaced as campaign manager by Paul Manafort before the Republican National Convention in July 2016, but he has stayed in touch with the president since then.

He told reporters after the closed-door House hearing that he had answered all "relevant" questions.

Schiff rejected that assessment.

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"Witnesses don't get to pick and choose when it comes to very relevant testimony to our investigation," he said.

Lewandowski previously testified before the same committee in January, but he said he was not prepared to answer some of the questions at that time. It wasn't immediately clear if they were the same questions he declined to answer Thursday.

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