Donald J. Trump for President
March 29, 2016

Campaign Statement Regarding Campaign Manager

Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and given a court date. He was not arrested.

Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.

Mr. Lewandowski is represented by Scott Richardson of the law office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A. in West Palm Beach, and Kendall Coffey of Coffey Burlington in Miami.

Inquiries are to be directed to Mr. Richardson’s office.

Correct the Record

Tuesday March 29, 2016

CONTACT: Correct The Record

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Washington, D.C. – Correct The Record founder David Brock released the following
statement after Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

“Donald Trump’s campaign has come to be known for his outrageous lies and violent rallies, violence encouraged by the candidate himself,” said David Brock. “Now Donald Trump's campaign manager, who has a history of aggressive behavior, has lied about his own violent behavior toward a reporter--violence which is now available on tape for the world to see.
Not only is this a direct reflection on Trump, but it also demonstrates the consequences of his hateful, divisive and violent rhetoric.

“Unless he wants the violence to continue, Trump needs to end the reality TV show that his campaign has become and tell Lewandowski, 'You're Fired.'"

Correct The Record is a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.

Reporters Without Borders
Published March 29, 2016

RSF condemns aggressive behavior from Trump campaign manager

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged this morning with battery after an incident with journalist Michelle Fields at an event in Florida earlier this month. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concerns about harsh and agressive treatment of the press during the US presidential election.

This is the latest incident where Donald Trump and his campaign have made clear his disregard for freedom of the press. Previously, Donald Trump’s team has restricted media access to campaign events, he has insulted and bullied reporters who portray him negatively or ask him tough questions, and refused to participate in a republican debate because FoxNews refused to remove its reporter Megyn Kelly as a moderator.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for all candidates in the US presidential election to respect freedom of the press and cease harsh and aggressive treatment of reporters at campaign events. “We condemn this aggressive behavior from Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF USA’s Director.  

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has been charged with simple battery following an altercation with journalist Michelle Fields on March 8, 2016. He self-surrendered to Florida police this morning.  According to the police report, Lewandowski "grabbed [journalist] (Michelle) Fields' left arm with his right hand causing her to turn and step back." Michelle Fields, a journalist working at the time for conservative news outlet Breitbart, has shared images online of her bruised arm where she said Lewandowski grabbed her forcefully. She later said “Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance.”

Trump’s actions during the run up to the 2016 presidential election mark an alarming trend of curtailing freedom of the press in the United States. Since 2013, the U.S.’s ranking on Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index has fallen by 14 points. It is now ranked 49 out of 180 countries.

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