Ari Melber Gets Into Odd Back-and-Forth With Corey Lewandowski Over Trump, NY Times, and Dunkin’ Donuts


On MSNBC Friday, Ari Melber pressed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on a report from The New York Times this week about a conversation of his with the president.

The Times report examined the ways Trump has been “at war” with the investigations surrounding him. In addition to the revelation about his phone call with Matthew Whitaker, there’s also a snippet about how Trump tried to get Jeff Sessions to leave. And that’s where Lewandowski comes in:

Privately, Mr. Trump tried to remove Mr. Sessions — he said he wanted an attorney general who would protect him — but did not fire him, in part because White House aides dodged the president’s orders to demand his resignation. The president even called his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the Fourth of July weekend to ask him to pressure Mr. Sessions to resign. Mr. Lewandowski was noncommittal and never acted on the request.

Melber asked Lewandowski about the report and that particular detail.

“I can tell you unequivocally,” Lewandowski responded, “that I didn’t speak to the New York Times for the story, they didn’t validate any of the facts about me for the story with me. So, look, that’s not to say everything in the story is wrong…”

Melber jumped in and told Lewandowski that the report makes him look okay. He asked directly if he got that call from Trump.

Lewandowski said this in response:

“Honestly, I have the privilege of speaking to the president on a very regular basis. I don’t recall the specific call that they say took place on July 4th. As a matter of fact, they were so specific of the call that my kids were in my truck and we were driving to Dunkin’ Donuts on the 4th of July weekend would’ve been something I remember. And since I polled my four children, they don’t remember that either. They usually remember when the president calls. So not to say it’s fake news, but I think I would’ve remembered that conversation.”

Melber referred back to the Times report and said, “It doesn’t mention Dunkin’ Donuts. Why are you bringing up Dunkin’ Donuts? That makes it sound like you do remember something specific.”

Lewandowski again said he doesn’t “ever remember” Trump asking him to “get involved with Jeff Sessions” at all.

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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