Authorities in Jupiter, Florida, have filed a charge of simple battery against GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski stemming from a March 8 incident when Lewandowski allegedly grabbed the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for Breitbart.
Mr. Lewandowski has stated he will plead not guilty to the charge.
The complaint alleges Mr. Lewandowski intervened and grabbed Ms. Fields’ arm as Fields attempted to question Mr. Trump following a campaign event.
Initial videotape of the incident was largely obscured; however, new video images have emerged which show Lewandowski interpose between Trump and Fields, grasp her arm and pull her away from the candidate as he exited the press conference.
Steadfast in his support for Lewandowski, the Trump campaign released a statement which read:
“Mr Lewandowksi is absolutely innocent of this charge. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”
GOP rivals John Kasich and Ted Cruz were less supportive of Lewandowski. Senator Cruz said Lewandowski’s actions should require a demand for his resignation; Kasich remarked a suspension or dismissal is necessary for this kind of “totally and completely” inappropriate behavior.
Adding to the erupting controversy is the revelation by WND the prosecutor filing the charge, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, is a member of the Florida Leadership Council, a Democratic-controlled organization supporting Hillary Clinton for president.
WND cites a Palm Beach Post feature with a list of Democratic officials involved in the Florida Leadership Council.
WND is also reporting a Secret Service agent attached to Mr. Trump’s security detail recalled the event and is backing Mr. Trump’s version of events.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the agent told London’s Daily Mail Fields made physical contact with Trump as he exited the March 8 press conference and ignored two verbal warnings from Secret Service agents to keep a safe distance before Lewandowski intervened.
[WND.com] [BBC] [Palm Beach Post] [Daily Mail] [Photo courtesy of Slate]