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CNN’s Cuomo wasn’t about to get the apology he was pressing for.
Corey Lewandowski said he immediately tried to reach out to ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after he learned he was being accused of assault at a campaign event in Florida last month.
Fields filed charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager after he grabbed her as Trump was walking away, but the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges Thursday.
“They acted well within their authority to investigate and make an independent charging decision,” Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg said. “We agree that probable cause exists for the Jupiter Police Department to charge Mr. Lewandowski in this case. Our standard is higher than probable cause. Although the facts support the allegation that Mr. Lewandowski did grab Ms. Fields’ arm against her will, Mr. Lewandowski has a reasonable hypothesis of innocence.”
Speaking to Chris Cuomo on CNN’s New Day Friday, Lewandowski thanked Trump for “his loyalty and his dedicated to his staff and to me, specifically,” noting other campaigns would’ve fired him “on the spot.”
When Cuomo asked Lewandowski about the degree of his personal regret he noted he tried to reach out to the former Breitbart reporter.
“That night — it was never reported, but I called Michelle Fields, because I didn’t know what happened, honestly,” he said. Lewandowski noted the entire interaction with Fields lasted for about three seconds “of his entire life” before continuing further:
And three seconds may sound like a long time but it wasn’t memorable to me, and I’m sorry about that. But that evening, after I read her boyfriend’s Twitter account saying something had occurred, I made a phone call to Michelle. And then I never heard back. And to this day, I have never heard back from Michelle. So it’s not that we didn’t try and reach out to get to the bottom of it. It seems to me that she wanted to inject herself into making it a story and now I’m glad the story is over.
Cuomo noted that Fields said she never heard from Lewandowski, and asked if he would reach out to her again.
“Well look, here’s what I’ve said,” Lewandowski answered. “I have no reason to hate anybody, and what I want to do is bring everyone together and we want to move on move past this. If we want to be successful as a party and Donald Trump as a campaign, we want to bring people together and focus our attention on winning the general election in November. That’s what we want to do.
The CNN host pressed again, asking the Trump campaign manager if there would be an apology.
“Again, I’ve reached out and provided my phone records to show that,” Lewandowski said. “And never once at any time in this incident has she ever contacted the campaign directly, and that’s the disappointing part. Because she had the opportunity to clear this up. And if she wanted to have a conversation, she could have reached out to me directly or the office. That never took place.”
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