Corey Lewandowski, Another Ousted Trump Official, May Get Republican Convention Role - The World News

Corey Lewandowski, Another Ousted Trump Official, May Get Republican Convention Role

Aides to former President Donald J. Trump are discussing getting Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager who was shoved out of a pro-Trump super PAC in 2021, involved in the Republican National Convention, according to two people briefed on the discussions.

It’s unclear what specific role Mr. Lewandowksi would play. But he is the second ousted Trump official being considered to work at the convention when it convenes in July in Milwaukee.

Paul Manafort — who took over running the Trump campaign in 2016 after Mr. Lewandowski was ousted as campaign manager, before being fired himself later that summer — is also likely to be hired for a convention role, according to people briefed on the matter.

Mr. Lewandowski and a Trump campaign spokesman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Lewandowski was the original campaign manager for Mr. Trump when he first declared his presidential candidacy in June 2015. He was pushed out by Mr. Trump’s adult children in early summer 2016 after a series of unwanted headlines about him, although the former president later expressed regret about that decision. Mr. Lewandowski went on to co-write a book about the former president’s rise with Mr. Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie. They titled the book “Let Trump Be Trump.”

Mr. Lewandowski’s forced departure from the pro-Trump super PAC, which he had helped lead, came after the wife of a donor accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.

“Corey Lewandowski will be going on to other endeavors and we very much want to thank him for his service,” a Trump spokesman said at the time. “He will no longer be associated with Trump World.”

Mr. Manafort had worked with Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Russia former leader of Ukraine, a few years before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Manafort was a focus of the investigation into connections between the 2016 campaign and Russia. He was convicted in a related case on a range of financial crimes and conspiracy to obstruct justice and served time in prison, but he was ultimately pardoned by Mr. Trump.

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