Police charge Trump campaign manager with assault

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump says his campaign manager is “absolutely innocent” following a decision by Florida police to charge him with battery.

The Republican front-runner issued a statement Tuesday after Jupiter, Florida, police charged Corey Lewandowski with battery for an incident involving a reporter earlier in the month.

A video surveillance tape obtained by The Associated Press appears to show Lewandowski grabbing Michelle Fields’ arm as she tried to ask Trump a question at a March 8 event.

Trump said Lewandowski “will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”

Lewandowski has retained an attorney in West Palm Beach.

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