Lewandowski: Manafort & Gates Charges Have 'Nothing to Do With' Collusion or Trump Campaign
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates were hit with a new 32-count indictment Thursday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Gates is expected to plead guilty Friday afternoon after being charged with conspiracy against the United States and making a false statement to law enforcement.
Manafort is specifically charged with five counts related to filing false income tax returns and four counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.
Manafort spokesman's Jason Maloni said the former Washington lobbyist "is confident that he will be acquitted of all charges."
Reacting on "America's Newsroom," former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Manafort and Gates were doing business with "bad hombres" overseas, but it "had nothing do with the Trump campaign [or] Russia collusion."
"The only campaign that potentially colluded with Russia was the Clinton campaign," he said, adding that the charges against Gates and Manafort "predate their tenure at the Trump campaign by at least ten years."
Lewandowski said if it's true that Manafort offered to brief a Russian billionaire on the campaign, then this would fall under the "purview" of Mueller's investigation.
Watch the interview above.