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Lewandowski: 'Don't Know' If I Was in Emails Listed on Indictment

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Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's first presidential campaign manager, said Tuesday he'll "be more than happy" to cooperate with the FBI's investigation into the 2016 campaign and possible Russian collusion, but he doesn't know if he's the person referred to in emails quoted in an indictment against former adviser George Papadopoulos.

"It's a great question and I don't know the answer to it," Lewandowski, who was fired from the Trump campaign in June 2016, told NBC's "Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, when asked about the 14-page indictment against Papadopoulos.

"As you know, as the campaign manager to the Trump campaign, I was receiving thousands of emails a day," he added. "I don't know if that was specifically referring to me or was that Paul Manafort? Or was that Rick Gates or somebody else?"

The Washington Post on Monday reported, however, that the official described in court documents was Lewandowski.

The emails had been part of the more than 20,000 pages surrendered to Congress. The Post reports, quoting court filings, that Papadopoulos had written to Lewandowski several times to tell him Russians wanted to forge a relationship with the Trump campaign.

In one of the emails, dated April 27, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote "to discuss Russia's interest in hosting Mr. Trump," and that he had been "receiving a lot of calls over the last month about [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wanting to host him and the team when the time is right," The Post reports.

Lewandowski told the "Today" show, however, that he does not "recall that specific email but you're asking me to remember an email from April of 2016."

"On any given day I would have received 1,000 emails and this would have potentially come from a low-level volunteer so I don't remember the exact email," he said. "So I don't know if I'm that person, and I can't speak to who is named in that particular incident."

Lewandowski went on to describe Papadopoulos as a "low-level volunteer" who may have attended a meeting of Trump's foreign policy advisory team, but "he was not a person who was involved with the day-to-day operations of the campaign, or a person who I recall interacting with on a regular basis at all."

He also said he's had "no interaction" with Papadopoulos from the time he was arrested, or, for that matter, since the time he himself left the campaign in 2016, "and I was not aware of his arrest other than what was reported yesterday."

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI, and Lewandowski said that if that did happen "and he's been arrested for those lies, he should be held accountable for that."

Meanwhile, Lewandowski said he'll cooperate with any investigation, "because I'm 100 percent certain that all of my interactions at the campaign were above board and legal. I have nothing to hide. So if they ask me to participate, I'll be happy to do that unequivocally."

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Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's first presidential campaign member, said Tuesday he'll "be more than happy" to cooperate with the FBI's investigation into the 2016 campaign and possible Russian collusion, but he doesn't know if he's the person...
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