CNN Denies Report That Lewandowski Was Suspended Over Trump Payments

UNITED STATES - JULY 18: Corey Lewandowski, former aide to Donald Trump, appears on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena on first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. (Photo By... UNITED STATES - JULY 18: Corey Lewandowski, former aide to Donald Trump, appears on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena on first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Corey Lewandowski is not out at CNN, the network said Wednesday, despite a report that he’d been suspended over campaign finance filings that show he remained on Donald Trump’s campaign payroll beyond his severance package.

Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for Trump, has received severance payments from the campaign since his firing in June, despite being hired on as a political commentator at CNN shortly afterward.

But the network is denying a report from Mediaite that initially blared a headline of Lewandowski being suspended. The story claims he was pulled this morning from appearances on CNN’s “New Day” because “the network found out that Lewandowski was still being paid by the Trump campaign, separate from his severance package.”

CNN spokeswoman Barbara Levin said in a statement to TPM that Corey is not suspended and will be on the air today.

Mediaite has since changed the headline on its post to “BREAKING: Corey Lewandowski Pulled From Appearing on CNN Morning Show.”

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  1. I’m guessing Corey was suspended for being far too laughable, even for the Comedy News Network,

  2. I heard that CNN was upset that he auditioned for the remake of Max Headroom without prior permission.

  3. Whether you call it severance pay or being on the payroll, that is irrelevant. Bottomline, I think the Trump organization pulled a fast one (again). Basically, CNN is making an illegal in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign

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