Trump’s campaign manager arrested, charged with battery
Lewandowski turned himself in to police in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday morning and has been charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident at a March 8 news conference. Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative Breitbart News website, accused Lewandowski of grabbing and yanking her arm as she tried to ask the Republican presidential front-runner a question.
As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.
“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”
She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”
The Trump campaign has repeatedly denied that Lewandowski touched Fields, even as video emerged that appeared to show the grab. A clearer video was released by Jupiter Police on Tuesday.
An arrest report indicates that the video was captured by a security camera at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., where the billionaire real estate mogul addressed the media after primary victories in Michigan and Mississippi. The investigating officer, Marc Bujnowski, wrote that “the video parallels with what Fields had told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions and signing autographs.”
Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Fields’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields. Lewandowski then grabbed Fields’s left arm with his right hand, causing her to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to catch up and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.