The Corey Lewandowski Trial Of The Century

The Michelle Fields v. Corey Lewandowski incident still has legs so let’s go over some very simple public documents and statements.

Just for fun.

Here is the criminal police report including statements made by Fields and the witness, Ben Terris:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/306283465/Trump-campaign-manager-charged

Next we have the article Fields wrote just after her fifteen minutes of fame:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/03/10/3276486/

In the Field's story printed in Breitbart she says, right off the bat, that Trump was walking over to talk to her.

“I wasn’t called upon to ask a question during the televised press conference, but afterwards Trump wandered around, stopping at every reporter to take their questions. When he approached me, I asked him about his view on an aspect of affirmative action.”

I must have missed the video where Mr. Trump approached Ms. Fields. It looked like she was following him for several yards and reached up to put her hand on Trump’s left arm.

In the police report she corrects her story and says Trump was walking towards the exit and taking questions. That matches what the multiple tapes show, and specifically what the Trump Security tape showed.

When Michelle gets her day in court she can explain that difference – which is critical because she put herself in a position to touch Mr. Trump. Then we get to hear from the Secret Service agents who were there when Fields walked between them and Trump.

Fields also says in her Breitbart story that she was almost thrown to the ground and mentions "thrown or pulled" to the ground several times.

“Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.

The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this. 

Even if Trump was done taking questions, Lewandowski would be out of line. Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance. But what made this especially jarring is that there was no hint Trump was done taking questions. No one was pushing him to get away. He seemed to have been happily answering queries from my fellow reporters just a moment before.”

Anyone reading Ms. Fields story, or hearing about the incident, might come to the conclusion that someone was “almost thrown to the ground”.  The tapes don’t show that.

Ben Terris, the other reporter, also saw some “throwing to the ground” according to tapes Fields allegedly taken at the moment of the alleged physical assault, which were admitted as evidence in her criminal complaint.

Here is what Terris and Fields were saying moments after the incident.

Fields: “Mr. Trump, you went after the late Scalia for affirmative action, do you -- are you still against affirmative action?"

Voice (allegedly Corey Lewandowski): “Excuse me, thank you.”

A few moments later (noise of the room can be heard)...

Terris: “You OK?"

Fields: “Holy sh*t."

Terris: “Yea he just threw you."

Fields: “I can’t believe he just did that that was so hard. Was that Corey?"

Terris: “Yeah, like, what threat were you?"

Fields: "That was insane. You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. That's insane. I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign."

Terris: “Can I put that in my story?"

Fields: “Yeah, go for it — that was really awful. That’s so unprofessional.”

Terris: “He really just almost threw you on the ground."

Fields: “He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. "I don’t even want to do what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that."

Terris: “What threat were you?"

Fields: “Nothing. I was asking about affirmative action."

Terris: “And he probably knows you, right?"

Fields: “Yeah, I don’t understand. That looks horrible. You’re going after a Breitbart reporter, the people who are nicest to you?"

Terris: “I know, I’m going to put it in my story."

The two stop talking. Din/noise of people talking, glasses clinking continue through end of the recording.

This post has been updated to include the audio and to clean up the transcript.

Hadas Gold is a reporter at Politico.

Authors:

Hadas Gold

hgold@politico.com @hadas_gold

 

But the “throwing to the ground” statements on the tape become - her arm was "pulled or yanked".

The most interesting thing about this whole charade is that you can clearly see on several videos, Terris saying something to Corey seconds after the attempted pull to the ground – but there is no mention of this by Terris in the police report?

The cops didn’t even ask the, so far, only witness about an exchange of words between the witness and suspect in a battery case? Remember Fields claimed at first she didn’t know who tried to pull her to the ground – but the tapes clearly show she was looking right into Corey’s face from a foot away. I imagine the reason Fields did not press the charge of aggravated battery, which is what was claimed at first, is because she barely has a prayer of getting a misdemeanor battery case.

The trial should be interesting. Corey’s defense will be he had no intent to pull Fields to the ground – as all the videos and still shots show. He appears to be pushing through the scrum, just like everyone else, to get with Trump, which is his job.

My thinking is if Michelle Fields and Ben Terris were not such liars and asked for an apology from Corey for touching or pulling her arm they would have gotten it.

But to set a guy up to apologize for a faked physical assault – then ask him to confirm it by apologizing is a bit much.