President Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor lately remembered receiving emails a few marketing campaign adviser flying to Moscow — however his reminiscence continues to be fuzzy.
Corey Lewandowski, who helmed the Trump marketing campaign for 18 months, waffled Tuesday throughout a heated trade on CNN about simply how a lot he knew about contacts between overseas coverage advisers and Russians.
“I have never, to the best of my knowledge, ever communicated with anybody who was a Russian, Russian agent, Russian supporter or somebody who was from the Russian government in any way, shape or form,” Lewandowski advised CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Last week, the previous lobbyist immediately remembered an e-mail trade he had with Carter Page, a former Trump marketing campaign overseas coverage adviser who has in depth ties to Russia a few journey to Moscow.
Page testified lately he was involved with Lewandowski in regards to the journey and has the emails to show it, which refreshed the marketing campaign supervisor’s reminiscence.
Lewandowski has beforehand mentioned he had by no means “met or spoken to Carter Page in my life.”
On Tuesday, he wavered on his recollection, saying that, “I don’t know what Carter Page did as a private citizen.”
In a March interview, Lewandowski advised USA Today he couldn’t bear in mind whether or not he had or not given Page permission to journey to Russia and “gave a litany of contradictory answers about Page’s involvement in the campaign.”
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Page testified that Lewandowski gave him the inexperienced mild to go to Russia, so long as he didn’t current himself as a consultant of the Trump marketing campaign.
Lewandowski on Tuesday made mild of his involvement within the choice.
“I don’t know what Carter Page did as a private citizen. I have no more ability to tell Carter Page that he can or cannot go somewhere as I have the ability to tell you you can and cannot go somewhere,” he mentioned.
Page’s journey came about months after one other marketing campaign overseas coverage adviser, George Papadopoulos, proposed utilizing his Kremlin connections to rearrange a gathering between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin badembly, in accordance with his lately unsealed responsible plea for making false statements to the FBI.
Lewandowski sought to downplay the pair’s function within the marketing campaign, regardless of the President praising them on the time as prime overseas coverage advisers.
“Those two individuals, Carter page was a volunteer on an advisory committee of which met one time and he didn’t show up for it,” Lewandowski mentioned.
Both Page and Papadopoulos are on the heart of a number of probes into Russia’s impression on the presidential election.
Papadopoulos’ plea got here as part of particular counsel Robert Mueller’s federal investigation into potential collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and the Kremlin.
Lewandowski waxed poetic on different latest developments badociated to Trump’s Russia connections.
Asked to weigh in on Donald Trump Jr.’s contacts with WikiLeaks and the how the group acquired Democrats hacked emails, Lewandowski went on the defensive.
“Donald Junior should get the credit for releasing his emails proactively,” he mentioned. “We now know that he did this on his own to demonstrate what the communication was.”
As for a way WikiLeaks got here to own the stolen paperwork, he equivocated.
“I have no idea how they got the emails. It’s not fair for you to say how they got them,” Lewandowski mentioned. “We think they stole them. You’re not a cyber security expert, neither am I.”
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