Police in Florida have charged Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, with misdemeanor simple battery, The Associated Press reports. The charge stems from an incident earlier this month in which he allegedly grabbed Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the pro-Trump news site Breitbart, and pulled her out of the way when she was attempting to ask Trump a question along a media line.
The Trump campaign responded in a statement: “Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated,” and that further questions are to be directed to Lewandowski’s attorneys. His court date is May 4.
The incident set off in a raucous internal feud at Breitbart, resulting in the resignations of a few staff members in protest to support Fields.
A report in The Daily Beast indicated that Lewandowski initially told Breitbart editor Matthew Boyle that he hadn’t recognized Fields, “instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media.”
The Trump campaign, however, has publicly denied that any such incident took place at all. Trump himself declared to CNN: “Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.”
Fields responded to the Trump campaign by tweeting out a photo of her bruised arm:
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
In addition, video clips have emerged online, appearing to show exactly what happened from multiple angles:
Trump campaign in danger of having lawsuits thrown out over unpaid legal bills: report
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's cash-strapped campaign is frantically attempting to collect settlements in legal disputes because it needs the money to fund other lawsuits that are in danger of being dismissed.
Noting that the campaign of the embattled president is pressing Omarosa Manigault Newman to make a delinquent $52,000 payment for writing an unauthorized book about White House doings, the report explains the money is desperately needed.
‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate
Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.
During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.
"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.
Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report
According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.
The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."