Lewandowski: If Manafort Approved Melania Trump Speech, ‘Do The Right Thing And Resign’

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Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says chairman Paul Manafort should resign if he was the last person to sign-off on Melania Trump’s speech that faces allegations of plagiarism.

“I think Paul needs to take a deep look inside and understand what the process was, make sure the protocols are in place, make sure that there is a check and balance of every speech that is going to go forward and whoever signed off with the final sign-off of that allowed this to go forward, should be held accountable,” Lewandowski tells CNN.

The potential next First Lady has been criticized for a portion of her Monday night speech to the Republican National Convention. She has been accused of plagiarizing from current First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Lewandowski had a controversy of his own during his time on the campaign, but Trump stood by him, keeping him on the campaign. Trump told CNN in a Town Hall event, “I stick up for people, and I don’t want to ruin somebody’s life.” Calls went out for Lewandowski to resign and Trump to fire him, but he remained on the staff. Lewandowski was later let go for reasons unrelated to that incident.

When asked: “if Paul Manafort gave the final sign-off, should he be held accountable?” Lewandowski said, “If he was the last person who saw this and saw this happen and has brought this on the candidates wife? I think he would resign because I think it’s the type of person cause I think that’s the type of person he would be.”

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