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Lewandowski to join Pence PAC

Lewandowski to join Pence PAC

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiTrump and son signal support for McCarthy as next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film MORE confirmed to The Hill on Monday that he will join Vice President Pence's political action committee.

Lewandowski returns to a key role in the administration's orbit, allowing him to work more closely with the White House political team ahead of this year's midterm elections and have more access than he could in his previous role as an adviser to the pro-Trump outside group America First Action.

Fox News initially reported the hire.

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Working at America First Action, Lewandowski had been walled off from making spending decisions with the administration thanks to federal election law. But as part of the vice president's operation, Lewandowski will be able to play a direct role in the administration's midterm strategy.

Pence has already signaled that he'll have a busy schedule helping Republicans campaign ahead of November. He's traveled to key states for speaking slots, headlined party fundraisers and been a vocal opponent of some of the more vulnerable Democratic incumbents across the country. 

The New York Times on Monday reported that Pence's team will play a central role in the White House's midterm strategy, despite some internal friction with administration aides. 

Lewandowski has long been a polarizing figure in Trump's world. He helped Trump's campaign rise from one of a political gadfly to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he lost his job a month before the GOP convention amid internal infighting. 

After the election, Lewandowski started his own consulting company before shifting over to work for America First Action as a senior adviser. 

Through it all, he's remained in close contact with Trump, writing a book on Trump's rise with fellow former top campaign aide David Bossie that's won praise from the president. He and Bossie joined Trump on stage during a recent rally in Michigan.