Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, will not be charged with simple battery. Florida authorities have chosen not to pursue the case against Lewandowski, who was accused of attacking Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a presidential rally in February. A video of the incident showed Lewandowski grabbing Fields as she attempted to ask Trump a question at a campaign in Jupiter, Florida, but the evidence was not strong enough to warrant criminal proceedings.
“As state attorney I have made the decision that this office will not be filing charges against Corey Lewandowski for battery,” said David Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County Florida State. Aronberg added that he believes the police were right to charge Lewandowski for his behavior but that because prosecutors are held to a higher standard, there simply wasn’t enough evidence to move the case along.
For her part, Fields may still seek defamation charges against Lewandowski. She said that the prosecutor’s office called her several weeks ago and that she agreed to a deal in which Lewandowski would apologize to her, but she has not yet heard back about that arrangement.
Another reason Lewandowski is not being charged is because his behavior was in response to a perceived threat, said Adrienne Ellis, a deputy prosecutor who oversaw the case.
Aronberg denied suggestions that any decisions were based on political agendas. He noted that though he is a registered Democrat and has historically supported Hillary Clinton, he knows both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and so his political affiliations did not come into play during the investigation.
Trump’s campaign is relieved, though Trump himself stated that he “would have loved to have fired [Lewandowski],” that firing him “would have been much easier than talking to you about this all night long” to Anderson Cooper.
Fields has since resigned from Breitbart, as well as other employees who did not feel the publication supported her.