Based on an eyewitness account from Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, Fields has identified Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as the person who grabbed her. Lewandowski has denied the allegation via Twitter:
On Wednesday, however, Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast reported that, according to “sources,” “Lewandowski acknowledged to Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, that he did manhandle Fields. Lewandowski’s explanation to Boyle, said these sources, was that he and Fields had never met before and that he didn’t recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media.”
Moments ago, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks passed along an email exchange referencing the Daily Beast’s contentions (Breitbart spokesperson Kurt Bardella confirmed its authenticity):
What does that prove? Mainly that Boyle and Lewandowski exchanged some thoughts about the story. Note that the Daily Beast’s piece doesn’t allege that Boyle received this information in a phone call. This not being 1959, the acknowledgement could well have arrived through other tubes. Furthermore, Daily Beast Editor in Chief John Avlon tells the Erik Wemple Blog that there have been “[n]o requests for correction since the article was published.” Furthermore, Avlon says, “We stand by our reporters and our reporting, unlike Breitbart.”
The Jupiter Police Department will now be entrusted with figuring out what happened. Fields on Friday morning filed a police report.
The cops will find this video helpful:
Bardella, who has done media relations for Breitbart through his firm Endeavor Strategies, bagged the account on Friday. “I go to the point where I just couldn’t give 100 percent,” says Bardella, who said that there wasn’t a single motivating circumstance for his move. That said, Breitbart’s decisions haven’t reflected well on anyone associated with the brand, much less the fellow entrusted with handling the PR. One of Breitbart’s staffers issued tweets doubting Fields’ account of the incident, prompting his suspension. And a story appeared on the website today designed to exculpate Lewandowski, leaving the impression that Breitbart cared more about its relationship with the Trump campaign than its relationship with its reporter.