Fox News host Arthel Neville shut down former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he tried to connect special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russians to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
While speaking to Lewandowski on Fox’s Outnumbered Overtime program, Neville wondered if it was “too soon” for President Donald Trump to claim he was “vindicated” because Mueller has not finished his investigation.
According to Lewandowski, the Russia probe is moving in the “right direction” for Trump because “it doesn’t look like the Russians really impacted the outcome of this election.”
“The most important thing that [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein] outlined was that the Russians attempted to interfere starting in May 2014,” Lewandowski said. “Which is 15 months before Donald Trump ever became a candidate.”
Before moving on, Neville took a moment to add context to Lewandowski’s statement.
“The special counsel’s office said the influence campaign launched in 2014 eventually turned to support — quote — the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” Neville pointed out. “Now that President Trump feels ‘case over, no collusion,’ will President Trump now focus with ferocity on punishing Russia for trying to discredit our democracy and impose sanctions, which are already passed by Congress?”
Lewandowski deflected the question and instead attacked the Clinton campaign.
“You have to remember, there was only one presidential campaign in this cycle that actively coordinated with somebody tied to Russia,” he opined. “And that’s Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
“Corey,” Neville interrupted, “would you recommend the president do that? Would you recommend the president now move forward and forcefully against Russia, sanctioning them for meddling in our Democracy?”
“What we have to do is we have to hold the people accountable who tried to impact this election,” Lewandowski said. “And that’s the Clinton campaign.”
“I’m not here to talk about the Clintons at the moment,” Neville said, cutting off Lewandowski. “Because really, it’s a big deal if Russia is trying to undermine our democracy. And we are American citizens and we would not want that to happen. So, I ask you to give me a straight answer, Corey. Hang on one second. I want to know from you, would you like to see something done?”
Lewandowski replied that “anybody who attempted to interfere with the outcome of a U.S. election” should “spend the rest of their lives in jail because our democracy is so sacred.”
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