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Lewandowski, Garland Crossed Paths in 2003 Gun Case

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Merrick Garland and President Barack Obama. (Wire Services Photo) 

By    |   Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 07:25 PM

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager, had a courtroom run-in 13 years ago stemming from an incident with a gun.

Lewandowski, according to USA Today, brought a loaded handgun, three magazines, a holster, and ammunition into the Longworth House Office Building while working for former Republican Rep. Robert Ney. Lewandowski claimed it was an accident that he brought the items in an overnight bag but he was arrested anyway.

The misdemeanor charges against Lewandowski were eventually dropped, but he never got his gun back. After years of lawsuits and appeals, his case reached the U.S. Court of Circuit Appeals in Washington, D.C., which happened to be where Garland was serving as a judge. Garland and two conservative judges ruled against Lewandowski and his weapon was not returned.

Lewandowski was charged with battery on a reporter this week after he allegedly grabbed her arm during a Trump rally in early March. He has also been accused of making advances toward women in the press corps covering the campaign.

President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the nation's highest court following the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republican lawmakers are refusing to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, saying Obama was wrong to nominate someone in his final year in office.

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