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Lewandowski: Trump Getting 'Bad Advice,' WH Operations Need 'Overhaul'

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 10:37 AM

President Donald Trump is getting some "bad advice," and the White House's political operations need to go through an overhaul, Corey Lewandowski, the president's first campaign manager, said Wednesday.

"Here is what I think," Lewandowski told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, after he was asked if he would have advised the president to endorse Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's candidacy.

"The political operation in the White House needs to be significantly overhauled. The president has gotten bad advice. I'm very critical."

But when he was asked if the advice was bad on Moore, Lewandowski replied that he means "in general."

Lewandowski, whose book "Let Trump Be Trump," written with former deputy campaign manager David Bossie hit the stands this week, commented that it's most important for Trump to deliver on his campaign promises, and it's up to the voters in Alabama to decide on Moore.

However, he hedged over whether he thinks Moore should be able to take office.

"That's not for me to decide," said Lewandowski, even though he does think there is an unfair standard being set.

"We need to apply that standard across the board for everybody, which means elected officials who have been accused of doing things, groping women and being inappropriate while in office, not before they were in office," he said.

"So let the voters decide. Should [Minnesota Democratic Sen.] Al Franken step down because he was fondling women while they were asleep? I think that's a disgusting thing. I don't see the call for that amongst the Democratic Party. Should the Republican and Democratic members of the House who settled lawsuits with taxpayer money…"

But when asked if he was "okay" with Moore being elected, Lewandowski replied that he "didn't say that."

"We have to be very cautious between someone being accused and someone pleading guilty to a crime," he added about Moore. "People under the law have an opportunity to have their case heard. It should be litigated, adjudicated. If Roy Moore committed a crime, he should be held accountable."

Lewandowski also said he wouldn't be the one, if he were advising Trump, to advise him whether or not to back Moore, but he did admit he wouldn't sign on to a campaign for the retired state Supreme Court justice.

"Let me be very clear," said Lewandowski. "There are people who, and I've been one of them, who have been accused of things and the media had an outroar over it, that weren't true. I had the opportunity finally to be litigated about it.

"The damage that people do by making accusations and the media hype around that is very, very serious. All I ask for is sometimes, just sometimes we need to let the Justice Department do their job and litigate this the way it should be done."

Meanwhile, Lewandowski said he is glad about his time as Trump's campaign manager, even though when he was fired he thought it was the "worst day of my life."

"I'm fired from a campaign where I helped steer a candidate, win 38 primaries and caucuses, more votes than any candidate had ever received and I'm unceremoniously asked to leave the campaign and I didn't even know why," said Lewandowski.

Trump's sons and daughter, though, wanted to take the campaign in a different direction and hired Paul Manafort, and Lewandowski did not mince words on his replacement.

"He was under a FISA warrant and after he left the campaign, he was under a FISA warrant," said Lewandowski. "His activity of 10 years preceding his tenure at the campaign put him under indictment under [special counsel Robert] Mueller and very likely he's facing a number of serious charges, under house arrest.

"We saw the story that he was trying to collude with some Russian to try to write an op-ed against a paper. Paul is a bad guy. Let's not kid ourselves. Justice will happen. That's how the system works."

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