Corey Lewandowski: Getting fired by Trump could be “greatest thing that ever happened”

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski insisted to CBS News that he has “nothing to hide” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign. Lewandowski and former deputy Trump campaign manager David Bossie appeared CBSN’s “Red & Blue” to promote their new book, “Let Trump Be Trump.” 

The full interview aired on CBSN’s “Red & Blue” Tuesday.

Lewandowski said he thought his political career was over after he was fired from the Trump campaign after 18 months on June 20, 2016, but realized later it could be “the greatest thing that ever happened.”

“And guess what happened? Maybe it was the greatest thing that ever happened because all of the things that took place basically took place after I left,” Lewandowski said. “And if Bob Mueller or anybody else wants to talk, I’d be happy to because if anybody colluded or cooperated with Russia to impact the outcome of the election, I want that person to go to jail for the rest of their lives,” Lewandowski said.

“I don’t know what Bob Mueller is going to do but what I do know is this,” Lewandowski soon after added. “I have nothing to hide, Dave has nothing to hide. And if we can shed light on anything, great.”

The two distanced themselves and the core of the campaign from former campaign aide George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Bossie said he and the president have “great respect” for the work of the FBI, but also emphasized there needs to be accountability in the FBI, after FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was key in the Clinton email investigation, was removed from Mueller’s team for allegedly sending anti-Trump texts. Mr. Trump has claimed the reputation of the FBI is “in tatters.”

“It undermines the American people’s belief in the justice system, that justice will be served equally. And so that’s why in our book we talk about Hillary quite a bit,” Bossie said. 

Bossie also addressed the “Access Hollywood” tape, after a New York Times report that Mr. Trump questioned the authenticity of the video in which he seemingly describes grabbing women, after apologizing for the incident shortly before the election.

“But it is, it’s, the president steps off of the bus,” Bossie said. “The president’s voice is with Billy Bush.” Bossie said.

“My position is, we wouldn’t even be talking about this if in the last several weeks, men around the country,…

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