Breitbart Reporter Files Charges Against Trump Campaign Manager
Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has filed a criminal complaint against Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after she accused him of attacking her as she tried to ask Trump difficult questions.
“Breitbart News stands behind Michelle Fields,” Larry Solov, CEO of Breitbart, said in a statement, adding that “Trump’s suggestion that Fields made up the incident Tuesday evening contradicts the evidence.”
The Hill reports:
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris wrote Thursday that he witnessed Fields being grabbed, identifying Lewandowski as the person who did it.
Fields on Thursday displayed bruising on her arm on social media and in an interview with ABC News. Fields and Terris can be heard in audio from the scrum Tuesday night immediately after the incident.
Breitbart on Friday published a piece suggesting that Lewandowski had been misidentified.
Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson insisted during an interview on Fox Business Network on Thursday that Lewandowski didn’t forcefully grab Fields’s arm but suggested that “someone probably did grab her.”
Breitbart issued statements Thursday defending the reporter as Trump’s campaign denied that the altercation took place, with Lewandowski personally firing off tweets including accusing Fields of being an “attention seeker.”
Trump himself addressed the controversy on Thursday night after the GOP debate, telling CNN’s Dylan Byers that there was no evidence to support the claim by Fields, saying that “perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.”
Fields told ABC she wanted Trump to imagine how she might be treated if she was his daughter.
Lewandowski tweeted directly at Fields late Thursday, calling her “totally delusional” and saying he had never met her.
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