The former high-level Trump campaign manager is joining CNN as a commentator, a spokesperson for the Time Warner-owned cable-news network confirmed Thursday. The news was reported previously by Politico. The network did not initially release details about his exact duties or the length of his contract.
Politico reported the deal would make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, presumably giving the network an instant expert in all things Trump to lure viewers to its political coverage.
Lewandowski was fired from the Trump campaign Monday, and sometimes became part of the news cycle he helped to spin. In March, Michelle Fields, then a reporter for Breitbart News, alleged she was grabbed forcefully by Lewandowski as she approached his candidate to ask a question. He was charged with a simple count of battery in Jupiter, Florida, though he maintained his innocence. The Palm Beach County State Attorney declined to prosecute, citing insufficient evidence for a criminal investigation.
He can speak about more than the world of Trump. Lewandowski is a former lobbyist who has worked for several campaigns. He also ran for political office himself – once in New Hampshire and once in Massachusetts – though he did not win in either instance.