The prosecutor who charged Donald Trump's campaign manager with battery is an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter, records show.
Corey Lewandowski was arrested March 29 for “simple battery” after video showed he grabbed the arm of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after a Trump press conference. Trump and Lewandowski dispute that any crime was committed and some pundits, such as Piers Morgan, contend that nothing illegal occurred during the incident.
But Dave Aronberg, the Palm Beach County State Attorney, pressed charges against Lewandowski and will hold a hearing against him in April. And the Boston Herald revealed that there might be a political motivation behind the decision. Aronberg, a Democrat and former state senator, has donated at least $1,000 to Clinton's campaign and is a member of Clinton's “Florida Leadership Council.”
When the Boston Herald asked Aronberg for comment about a possible conflict of interest, his spokesperson, Mike Edmundson, refused to answer.
"It's an inappropriate request, and we're not responding to it," Edmundson said.
Aronberg joined Clinton's Florida Leadership Council in November 2015, according to the Palm Beach Post. Also on the team is Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is a congresswoman from the area, as well.
According to the arrest affidavit, Fields went to the Jupiter Police Department and reported the incident on March 11, three days after the incident occurred.
“Fields asked Trump a question, holding her cell phone up to Trump as a recording device,” the affidavit states. “After she had asked a question, she felt someone yank her left arm. She added that she fell back, but caught herself from falling.”
Fields also wrote an essay describing the incident.
“Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards,” Fields wrote. “Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.”
Trump has defended Lewandowski and insists that his campaign manager did nothing illegal.