Crime

Trump Campaign Manager Will Avoid Prosecution: Report

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Corey LewandowskiCorey Lewandowski

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager will not be prosecuted for allegedly battering former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg will announce the decision to not pursue criminal battery charges against Corey Lewandowski on April 14, according to Politico sources.

Fields filed a criminal complaint on March 11, three days after she was allegedly grabbed by someone while trying to ask Trump a question during a campaign event at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, ABC News reported.

According to an opinion article she wrote following the incident, Ben Terris, a reporter for The Washington Post, “immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground.”

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In the police report, Fields does not name Lewandowski, but states she was the victim of simple battery, “touch or strike.”

Following the complaint, Trump denied Lewandowski ever touched Fields, telling reporters that “nothing happened” and insinuated she may have “made the story up.”

Fields tweeted a picture of bruises on her arm to substantiate her claim.

After surveillance video from the event was released, which shows Lewandowski reaching for and grabbing Fields, he was charged with battery, Politico reports.

Aronberg said earlier in April there was a low “probable cause” standard to cite Lewandowski with battery.

With the criminal case reportedly not moving forward, Fields may still file a defamation case against Lewandowski, a Politico source said.

Sources: Politico, ABC News / Photo credit: George Bennett/Palm Beach Post

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