Thursday, April 14, 2016

Politico: Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 11:33 AM

  • Photo via Corey Lewandowski's Facebook
The state attorney's office of Palm Beach County won't prosecute Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for battery, sources tell Politico.   

Jupiter Police filed misdemeanor battery charges against Lewandowski after former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields alleged he grabbed her arm and pulled forcefully when she tried to ask Trump a question at Trump National Gold Club in Jupiter. Trump and and Lewandowski denied these reports until Jupiter Police released surveillance footage that shows Lewandowski grabbing Fields. 

"[Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg] would not comment, but in a POLITICO interview last week, he pointed out that Jupiter police had a low “probable cause” standard to cite Lewandowski for battery," Politico reports. 

Fields may still pursue a defamation case against the campaign manager, according to Politico. On Twitter, she says: 

Aronberg's office will officially announce his decision later on Thursday. 

UPDATE: Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg announced Corey Lewandowski will not be prosecuted on battery charges for grabbing a reporter.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Aronberg says there was "probable cause" for charging Lewandowski, but the "evidence was not strong enough to sustain a conviction."

"It is unethical for us to file cases when we believe there is not a good faith basis to proceed," he says, according to the Times.

The Times reports prosecutors say new surveillance video shows Fields entered the "protective bubble" of people surrounding Trump when the campaign manager grabbed her, though Fields says she didn’t touch the presidential candidate. Aronberg says the former Breitbart reporter was disappointed by the office’s decision to not prosecute, and that an apology, presumably from Lewandowski to Fields had been drafted, according to the Times.

Trump’s campaign released a statement after the decision, saying "Corey Lewandowski is gratified by the decision to drop the misdemeanor charge and appreciates the thoughtful consideration and professionalism by the Palm Beach State Attorney and his staff who carefully reviewed this matter, as well as Mr. Trump’s loyalty and the support of his colleagues and family during this time. The matter is now concluded."

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