Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski denied being offered or seeking the deleted Hillary Clinton emails "on my own" while at the helm of the operation.
"Look, I never pursued them on my own. I can speak to that unequivocally," Lewandowski told MSNBC on Wednesday. "If anybody would've brought that to my attention and said, 'We think we can get Clinton's emails,' I would have brought that directly to the campaign counsel and said, 'This sounds like a legal issue that I shouldn't be involved with. You guys make a legal determination.'"
Lewandowski, who ran the Trump campaign from January 2015 to June 2016, admitted hiring Paul Manafort, originally as a senior adviser, was a mistake.
"Paul was the wrong guy to bring on to the campaign," he said of Manafort, who later replaced him as campaign chairman. Manafort was indicted Monday by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "He brought all these problems with him when he came to the Trump campaign, but that doesn't mean that Paul did anything while he was part of the Trump campaign."
Lewandowski also pushed back on claims that George Papadopoulos, another Trump campaign associate charged as part of Mueller's investigation, was anything other than "a volunteer," adding Papadopoulos "never had a Donald Trump email address."
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to lying to the FBI during a January interview about his contacts with Russians while he was a Trump foreign policy adviser.
Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were charged with money laundering and related crimes involving pre-2016 Ukrainian political work.