Lewandowski: If Manafort or Stone Colluded ‘I Hope They Go to Jail for the Rest of Their Lives’


Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, had stern words on Wednesday for anyone in the Trump camp that may have interfered with the results of the 2016 election: “I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives.”

Lewandowski was speaking at an event at George Washington University, as first reported by the Washington Examiner, which you can watch above.

He was asked about new reports that Paul Manafort — the campaign manager that replaced him after his ousting — had been wiretapped as part of a federal investigation into his work with Ukraine.

Though Lewandowski denied any cooperation with Russia on behalf of the president, he made the following point about Manafort, as well as former Trump advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page:

“I think if anybody, and I’ve said this, if Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, or Rick Gates or Carter Page, or anybody else attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. election through any means that’s inappropriate — through collusion, coordination, or cooperation — I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives. It’s very simple. Our election process is too serious, our democracy is too important to allow people to try and try and have influence from the outside for their own gain.”

Lewandowski, the hot-tempered New Hampshire political operative who was thrust from obscurity and into the limelight as Trump’s first campaign manager, has been known to harbor some resentment for Manafort. It’s even evident in the above clip — notice how he mentions his successor only “lasted eight weeks and one day.”

So the latest bombshell news that Manafort offered “private briefings” on the Trump campaign to a Kremlin-linked Russia billionaire are likely to warm Lewandowski’s cold heart.

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