Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called for the name of Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to be added to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Corey Lewandowski is one of the top propagandists for President Trump and is a senior adviser to the campaign,” Graham said in a statement.
“I hope the Senate committee will consider his name for inclusion.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said that his Republican colleagues on the panel should include Lewandowski in the investigation.
“The White House has confirmed that Mr. Lewandowski met with Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign and was involved in efforts to sway the outcome of the election,” Cruz said.
“This is very important information and it should be included in the Intelligence Committee report.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, called on Graham to include Lewandowsi in the probe.
“Lewandowski’s role in the campaign is well-known, and his recent comments to The New York Times and the Washington Post should be subject to the same public oversight that the FBI and the Department of Justice have been under,” Meadows said in the statement.
In his statement, Graham said Lewandowski “should be included because he has a direct line to the president.”
He said Lewandowksi has worked as a campaign consultant and “has been involved in a variety of foreign policy and intelligence activities over the last 20 years.”
Graham also said Lewandsy “was not a member of the Trump campaign and he has been an independent observer.”
Trump’s campaign spokesman Jason Miller, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and anti-Trump bias, told The Hill on Wednesday that the senator has no intention of pushing Lewandowski’s name into the report.
“Lindsey Graham has been working on this issue for a while and it’s going to be part of the report,” Miller said.
The report is due to be released in the coming weeks.
Trump has been under intense scrutiny since the Washington Times reported in January that Trump’s team was behind the dossier of salacious claims about him that were compiled by a former British spy who worked for the Kremlin.