Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager will not be prosecuted in Florida on a misdemeanor battery charge involving a reporter, the Palm Beach County State Attorney says. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager will not be prosecuted in Florida on a misdemeanor battery charge involving a reporter, the Palm Beach County State Attorney said, Thursday (April 14). Corey Lewandowski, 42, was charged on March 29 by police in Jupiter with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative news outlet Breitbart. The incident occurred when Fields tried to question Trump at a campaign event on March 8. "While the evidence in this case is legally sufficient for the police to have charged Mr. Lewandowski, it is not strong enough to meet the legal burden of a reasonable likelihood of a conviction. It is unethical for us to file cases when we believe there is not a good faith basis to proceed," said State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Police released a video of the incident showing Fields walking alongside Trump and trying to question him. Lewandowski is seen grabbing her arm and pulling her backward. Republican front-runner Trump has repeatedly defended Lewandowski. Aronberg said he had seen a draft of an apology from Lewandowski's attorneys. "It was a short apology and it's up to them to reach out to Ms. Fields and send it to her," he said.