October 31, 2017

I've seen a lot of bad takes on Indictment Monday, but here's one of the worst: Corey Lewandowski believes that the Trump campaign had no responsibility to vet Paul Manafort before hiring him, because the FBI should have done the vetting on the campaign's behalf.

Gateway Pundit has the quote (and thinks this makes perfect sense):

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went on Varney and Co. to discuss the arrests this morning.

Lewandowski lashed out at the corrupt FBI for hiding information on Manafort from candidate Trump before he came on campaign.

Lewandowski said this to Charles Payne:

And let me ask you this Charles, if the public reports are true and there was a time that Paul Manafort was under a FISA warrant before coming to the Trump campaign why is it that the FBI never reached out to me as a campaign manager, never reached out to Donald Trump to say look you might want to pause for a second and take a look before you take this guy on as a volunteer to hunt delegates for you. They never did that. He was under a FISA warrant supposedly before and after his tenure at the campaign. And the FBI never notified the leading presidential candidate for a major Republican Party race? Never notified him of a potential problem? This is a problem with the FBI if you ask me.

Lewandowski is seriously arguing that a campaign for president of the United States shouldn't have to perform due diligence on a major hire -- it's up to the FBI to do that. As if there wasn't enough publicly available information that would suggest that Manafort was a shady character, assuming your campaign thinks shadiness is a dealbreaker.

Originally published at No More Mr. Nice Blog

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