Lewandowski Denies Collusion in Clash With Chuck Todd: ‘I Don’t Know Anything About Russia, Okay?’


Corey Lewandowski stopped by MTP: Daily for a discussion with Chuck Todd on the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe. And things got pretty heated.

In an interview taped on Tuesday which aired Wednesday, President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager was asked by Todd if he believes that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election.

“I’m very concerned… the Russians tried to influence the election through Hillary Clinton,” Lewandowski said — referencing the Clinton campaign’s funding of opposition research against Trump.

Todd pushed back.

“I know you’re trying to twist this around… I’m talking about everything we’ve learned,” Todd said. “John Podesta‘s e-mails and the things that came out of there. The DNC hack. Do you acknowledge that the Russians were trying everything they could to defeat Hillary Clinton?”

Lewandowski said he didn’t think that was the case at all.

“Why would the DNC, and why would the Podesta team be paying this MI-6 agent millions of dollars, like $9 million, to get Russian information to provide a false dossier so they could go after Donald Trump?”

Todd asked if newly indicted former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and advisor Rick Gates were the only two Trump campaign officials who had ties to Russia. The former campaign manager left open the possibility that there were others “on the periphery of the campaign,” but again denied that he colluded with the Russians.

“I know as campaign manager, to the best of my knowledge, I never spoke to a Russian, never contacted a Russian. I never coordinated with a Russian. I don’t know anything about Russia, okay?” Lewandowski said. “I never spoke to them. And I was the campaign manager. If there were other people who were on the periphery of the campaign trying to communicate with Russia — Roger Stone, no formal role, or Carter Page, who had no formal role, and are bad people, I hope they’re accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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