Trump's campaign manager escapes conviction

Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery of a female journalist

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A Florida prosecutor has decided not to pursue criminal charges against the campaign manager of potential Republican nominee - after he was accused of tussling with a reporter.

Corey Lewandowski had been charged with battery after the female journalist said he forcibly grabbed her arm last month.

State attorney David Aronberg has determined there is not enough evidence for a conviction.

"As state attorney I have made the decision that this office will not be filing charges against Corey Lewandowski for battery," Aronberg said at a news conference.

A former reporter for Breitbart, Michelle Fields, brought charges against Lewandowski after an incident in March where in which she said Lewandowski pulled her away from Trump as she was trying to ask him a question.
Aronberg said police were within their right to charge Lewandowski, but prosecutors are held to a higher standard and were not able to to bring the case.
Aronberg said the video clearly shows Fields making contact with Trump's arm as she tries to interview him, him recoiling and shows Lewandowski grab her arm and pull her away, but didn't feel there was enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the battery occurred and get a conviction.
He also revealed that Trump personally spoke with prosecutors and the campaign shared a draft of an apology letter with Aronberg's office "earlier this week," though it apparently has not yet been sent.