Palm Beach County Florida State Attorney David Aronberg announced Thursday, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, will not face charges of simple assault from an incident that occurred at a March 8 campaign event at Trump International Golf Club. The charges stem from journalist Michelle Fields, then a journalist with Breitbart, a conservative-leaning website, who accused Lewandowski, of grabbing at her when she tried to get close to candidate Trump with question. In the aftermath of the incident, Fields and two other journalists quit their employment with Breitbart, for failing to support Field’s accusations.
Originally, Lewandowski stated by Twitter that he never touched Fields. Then the video was released by police did show that he did grab her. Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg said in a news conference that the facts “undermine” Lewandowski’s defense but “do not outweigh” his claim of innocence given the circumstances captured on video. Adrienne Ellis, a deputy prosecutor who oversaw the case, stated that key evidence against charging Lewandowski was that Fields’ was seen leaving the assigned press area and entering what the prosecutor called a “protective bubble” which was maintained by Secret Service agents. She then reached out and touched Trump with her left hand. Trump “recoiled,” and Lewandowski, who was just behind them, pulled her away. Ellis stated that, “We’re not charging him because he was reacting to what he perceived as a potential threat. “
Documents filed in this case stated that, “although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution.” According to one source, Fields may still seek defamation charges against Lewandowski based on his efforts to dismiss her claims by saying that he had never even met Fields and that he never had touched her. He then went on to questions Fields’ credibility by tweeting, “Michelle Fields is an attention seeker who once claimed Allen West groped her but later went silent.” Lewandowski also twitted that “@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
No matter what Lewandowski has said or tweeted has not had an impact on prosecutors but in a civil case, Fields could sue for being defamed by Lewandowski. Fields thus far has this message regarding charges being dropped, “For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey.” One has to wonder if all this drama could have been avoided if the apology had been issued weeks ago.