WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — President Donald Trump is throwing his support behind his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who’s considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire.

Trump praised Lewandowski as “a very outstanding guy” in an interview on the “New Hampshire Today” radio show before his rally in the state Thursday evening.

“Well, first of all, I have to tell you that I think he would be fantastic. He’s got great energy. He’s terrific on television … He’s a really good guy,” Trump said in the interview. While he said he didn’t think Lewandowski had made up his mind yet, Trump said that, “If he ran, he would be a great senator” and “hard to beat.”

The comments came hours before the House Judiciary Committee announced it was subpoenaing Lewandowski and an ex-White House aide as part of its investigation into Trump’s conduct in office. Lewandowski responded in a tweet saying it was “sad and pathetic” that the committee’s Democratic chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, “is harassing private citizens.”

Two prominent Republicans already have announced campaigns to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc and former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells Fox News Channel she thinks Lewandowski could “absolutely” win.

Lewandowski is a Lowell native who attended UMass Lowell. He had a tumultuous stretch leading Trump’s 2016 campaign, and was charged with battery against a reporter before the case was dropped.

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