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."