Trump campaign: Corey Lewandowski is "confident that he will be exonerated"

In a press release and on his personal Twitter, Trump maintained his campaign manager's innocence, despite video

Published March 29, 2016 5:44PM (EDT)

Corey Lewandowski (Credit: CNN) (CNN)
Corey Lewandowski (Credit: CNN) (CNN)

Donald Trump has made an official statement regarding the Tuesday arrest of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for simple battery in connection with the mishandling of former-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields:

The "tapes" in question include a recently released CCTV surveillance video that definitively shows Lewandowski grabbing Fields' arm and pulling her away from Trump — something Lewandowski had previously wholly denied doing.

In an effort to deflect attention from his campaign manager, Trump then attempted to reframe the narrative as Fields inflating her charges:

Fields' "earliest statement," next to the surveillance video, largely checks out as factual. Sure, some of the wording (i.e. "yanked me down") has been construed as melodramatic. But the video — at the very least — shows behavior by Lewandowski that Trump should (but won't) disavow.

The campaign issued an accompanying press release saying Lewandowski is "absolutely innocent of this charge."

"He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court," the statement reads. "He is completely confident that he will be exonerated."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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