Facts do not matter to Corey Lewandowski. They did not matter when he was Donald Trump's campaign manager, claiming falsely that he "never touched" a female journalist who accused him of grabbing her arm, and they do not matter now that he is a CNN analyst.

Lewandowski went after another reporter Wednesday, only this time his aggression was directed at the journalist's reputation. Reacting to Kurt Eichenwald's report in Newsweek about potential conflicts of interest caused by the Trump Organization's foreign interests, Lewandowski leveled completely bogus charges during an appearance on "New Day."

This was his exchange with CNN host Alisyn Camerota and contributor Christine Quinn, a Hillary Clinton supporter:

LEWANDOWSKI: Let’s just talk about the author of the Newsweek piece. This is the same individual who said that he has information that George W. Bush was directly related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. This is the same individual who refused to fact-check this story with the Trump Organization.
CAMEROTA: So you deny this whole — so you dismiss what he’s found, in terms of the connections between the Trump Organization and all of these foreign entanglements?
LEWANDOWSKI: Look, if this author of Newsweek has direct information that George W. Bush was directly related to 9/11, then produce that information.
QUINN: But that’s not the story here, Corey.
CAMEROTA: That’s not about this story.
LEWANDOWSKI: That’s what he has claimed. But that’s what he has claimed. He has zero credibility. No, no. It is a point of credibility. He has said that George W. Bush was directly involved with 9/11. He has no credibility.
QUINN: But what about this story?
CAMEROTA: To the larger point, the Trump Organization will continue on with its foreign deals.
LEWANDOWSKI: The larger point is this: He did not fact-check the story with the Trump Organization. That’s a fact.

No, it is not a fact. Eichenwald reported that "the Trump campaign did not respond to a request for the names of all foreign entities in partnership or contractually tied to the Trump Organization." Trump's team had an opportunity to present its own information and respond to Eichenwald's findings but chose not to do so.


And Lewandowski's more serious claim — that Eichenwald "said that George W. Bush was directly involved with 9/11" — also is untrue. Camerota was unable to refute Lewandowski's assertion in the moment but returned to the point about a minute and a half later.

CAMEROTA: Very quickly, I just want to clarify something. Kurt Eichenwald, I’m being told by my producers, said that George Bush ignored warnings before 9/11.
QUINN: Well, that’s a fact.
CAMEROTA: Not that he was involved; that he ignored warnings. Fact or not fact?
QUINN: That’s a fact.
LEWANDOWSKI: I don’t know. Is that true or not?
CAMEROTA: Yes, it was sitting on his desk.
QUINN: Yes, the 9/11 Commission found that.
CAMEROTA: The warning was sitting on his desk in the days beforehand.
QUINN: The 9/11 Commission substantiated that.
LEWANDOWSKI: So he makes the intimation, at least, that George W. Bush allowed this to happen. That’s completely egregious.
QUINN: No, that’s not the intimation.
CAMEROTA: I don’t think so. I think it’s that he ignored warnings.
LEWANDOWSKI: He has been a reporter who has failed to do his due diligence.

Let's just add a bit of additional clarity. Under pressure from the 9/11 Commission, the White House in 2004 declassified a briefing document entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." The document, dated Aug. 6, 2001, showed that the Bush White House was at least aware of the threat of an attack by al-Qaeda — specifically that bin Laden "wanted to hijack airplanes."


This is what Camerota was talking about when she said "the warning was sitting on his desk in the days beforehand."

Eichenwald reported in a 2012 op-ed in the New York Times that he had obtained excerpts of other, earlier briefs that had not been made public and "come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed."


Eichenwald was highly critical of Bush's response to intelligence. But he certainly did not accuse the former president of being "directly involved with 9/11" or even suggest that Bush "allowed this to happen." He noted that Bush's team was divided on the question of the threat's credibility, writing "an intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the CIA had been fooled; according to this theory, bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat."


Eichenwald added near the end of his piece that "we can’t ever know" whether the 9/11 attacks could have been stopped. Lewandowski, who is reportedly reasserting his influence within the Trump campaign three months after his firing, grossly mischaracterized Eichenwald's reporting. CNN did not respond to a request for comment about Lewandowski's statements or his general performance as a commentator.

One other thing: Trump said during a Republican presidential debate in February that Bush failed to kill bin Laden when he had the chance and "didn't listen to the advice of his CIA." Trump also suggested last October that he could have prevented the attacks, had he been president, because his immigration policies would have blocked the terrorists from entering the United States in the first place.

Lewandowski was Trump's campaign manager at the time of both remarks, making his criticism of Eichenwald not only inaccurate but also hypocritical.