CNN denies report of Lewandowski suspension

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CNN is denying a Wednesday morning report that it has suspended Corey Lewandowski, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former campaign manager.

Mediaite reported that Lewandowski had been suspended by the network over payments from the Trump campaign. But a CNN spokesperson told multiple outlets that the report was untrue.

{mosads}Hours after its initial report, Mediaite backed off, saying their report “now appears to have been an error” but standing by its claim that Lewandowski was pulled off the air Wednesday morning:

Editor’s Note: Based on information from a high level CNN source, we initially reported that Corey Lewandowski was suspended from CNN. CNN has now gotten back to us and firmly denied that Lewandowski has been suspended, and said that he will be on air later today. We regret what now appears to have been an error and have made changes accordingly, but stand by our reporting that Lewandowski was pulled off the air this morning because of the brewing controversy.

CNN hired Lewandowski as a political contributor in June, after Trump’s campaign fired him. 

But Federal Election Commission filings revealed that Trump’s team was still paying Lewandowski’s strategy firm, Green Monster Consulting, for “strategy consulting.”

Trump’s campaign gave Lewandowski’s company $40,000 in consulting fees in July and August. Trump’s campaign said in a statement that the money was part of a severance package.

Lewandowski’s CNN salary is not known.

CNN President Jeff Zucker defended the Lewandowski hiring as recently as August, stating in an interview  that he’s “done a really nice job.” 

At the time of Lewandowski’s hiring, on June 23, CNN was facing a “near internal revolt” over the Lewandowski addition, according to The New York Post. 

CNN’s Brian Stelter investigated the report and “found no signs of a revolt and no organized protest about Lewandowski’s hiring.”

The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.

— Updated at 12:08 p.m.

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