By KEVIN BAKER and MIKE BRYANT NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and top adviser, Corey Lewandowski, is under investigation by the FBI.
The Justice Department has said Lewandowski is under a grand jury investigation for alleged obstruction of justice stemming from an FBI probe into his campaign.
Lewandowski was arrested Saturday and charged with obstruction of a grand juror and obstructing a grand proceeding in a lawsuit filed by Trump’s son-in-law and top campaign adviser Jared Kushner.
Lewandowski, who is cooperating with the investigation, said in a statement Monday that he is cooperating fully with federal prosecutors and will defend himself vigorously against charges.
“I take full responsibility for the conduct of my campaign, and I accept full responsibility to the American people,” he said.
The Trump campaign has denied that Lewandowski had any role in the decision to hire Corey Lewandos security detail, which was later terminated by the campaign.
The White House has denied any knowledge of the investigation into Lewandowski.
A Justice Department spokesperson said the Justice Department was aware of the ongoing federal investigation into the campaign, but would not comment further.
A spokeswoman for Lewandowski declined to comment.
A lawyer for Kushner’s company, Vesely, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, were also arrested on Saturday in connection with the probe into the Trump campaign.
Both men, who have pleaded not guilty, are cooperating with prosecutors.
The two men did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
Manafort has been under criminal investigation since February 2017 after a special counsel was appointed by former President Donald Trumps administration to probe possible coordination between his campaign and Russia.
Manuel Noriega, a former leader of the Contra-associated Contras, was extradited from the U.S. to face charges in his native Colombia.