Lewandowski advising T-Mobile on acquiring approval for Sprint merger: report

Lewandowski advising T-Mobile on acquiring approval for Sprint merger: report
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Democrats face key moment on impeachment drive Democrats to question Corey Lewandowski as they investigate possible obstruction by Trump MORE is reportedly advising telecommunications company T-Mobile as it attempts to merge with competitor Sprint, according to T-Mobile executives.

Politico reported that Lewandowski is performing consulting work for T-Mobile on behalf of Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm founded by two other Trump campaign veterans. According to Politico, Lewandowski previously denied having anything to do with the pair.

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“I have nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions,” he told Politico last year.

In a statement to the publication, T-Mobile confirmed that Lewandowski was involved in the negotiations, and was consulting the company on a "variety of topics."

“Corey Lewandowski is now affiliated with that firm and they have offered perspective to T-Mobile on a variety of topics, including the pending transaction,” the company said in a statement.

A lobbyist for Turnberry told Politico that Lewandowski's services to Turnberry were "unpaid," and that he had been providing "advice and counsel" to the firm "as a friend for over 20 years."

“Corey Lewandowski has never gotten any money from Turnberry Solutions,” Jason Osborne, one of Turnberry's co-founders, told Politico. “He is not a paid employee of the firm.” 

Osborne, along with fellow campaign veteran Mike Rubino, had worked with Lewandowski at the lobbying firm Lewandowski started weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE won the 2016 election.

The three left the firm, Avenue Strategies, around the same time. Osborne and Rubino started Turnberry shortly after, bringing Avenue clients with them, Politico reported.

Lewandowski didn't respond to Politico's request for comment about his employment status with Turnberry or his work on the T-Mobile merger.

The former Trump campaign manager, who was fired in 2016, is now working as an adviser to Vice President Pence’s PAC, Great America Committee.

News of Lewandowski's consulting work for T-Mobile comes days after the revelation that Michael Cohen, the president's attorney, had billed himself as an insider with access to the president when advertising himself for lobbying work for firms such as AT&T.

AT&T's chief executive later issued a public apology for hiring Cohen, which he called a "mistake."