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Trump's Campaign Manager Won't Be Prosecuted for Grabbing a Reporter After All

A Florida prosecutor says there isn't enough evidence to charge Corey Lewandowski with battery, despite a video.

by Helen Donahue
Apr 14 2016, 9:05pm

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Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager who was caught on tape grabbing former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at an event in March, is off the hook.

Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg announced the decision Thursday, suggesting officials simply did not think there was enough evidence to prosecute Lewandowski for battery and that the charges would be dropped.

According to CNN, prosecutors at one point tried to broker a deal where Lewandowski would apologize; the Trump campaign even shared a draft of an apology letter to Aronberg's office. But the prosecutor suggested Thursday the promise of an apology didn't factor into his choice, though it was encouraged. "We always appreciate when people take responsibility for their actions," he said.

Fields, who has since resigned from Breitbart, may still pursue a defamation case against the campaign manager, a source told Politico.

Trump has always stood behind Lewandowski and told CNN's Anderson Cooper that his campaign manager's behavior was a necessary security measure. "She had a pen in her hand, which Secret Service is not liking because they don't know what it is, whether it's a little bomb."

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