Misdemeanor battery charges against Corey Lewandowski have been dropped by a Palm Beach Co. prosecutor, the county’s state attorney announced Thursday.
Mr. Lewandowski, 42, is GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign manager.
Charged on March 29, Lewandowski was alleged to have grabbed the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields as she attempted to question the New York businessman as he left a March 8 campaign event in Jupiter, Florida.
“I’ve made the decision that this office will not be filing charges against Corey Lewandowski for battery.”
“We agree that probable cause exists. But as prosecutors, our standard is higher than probable cause and we must prove each case beyond reasonable doubt.”
Mr. Lewandowski has a reasonable hypothesis of innocence. There is insufficient evidence to rebut these defenses,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Thursday.
Fields was grabbed by Lewandowski after she invaded a “bubble” space around the GOP candidate and twice ignored Secret Service warnings to keep a safe distance from Mr. Trump.
Pleased with the decision Palm Beach County will not pursue the matter further, the Trump campaign released a statement which read:
“(Mr. Lewandowski) appreciates the thoughtful consideration and professionalism by the Palm Beach State Attorney and his staff who carefully reviewed this matter, as well as Mr. Trump’s loyalty and the support of his colleagues and family during this time.”
For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey. I said ya but haven’t heard back about it
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) April 14, 2016
Fields has since resigned her position at Breitbart, and is said to be contemplating a civil suit against Lewandowski.
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