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Lewandowski Denies Serbian Lobbying Story

A story from the Serbian tabloid Kurir circulated on Twitter on Thursday alleging that Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was going to be brought to Serbia to work on behalf of politicians there. The story names Obrad Kesic, a Washington D.C.-based consultant who “serves as a consultant on Balkan affairs for various US and international organizations and agencies,” as the person organizing Lewandowski’s visit, according to his employee biography on the TSM Global Consultants site.

When reached by phone about the allegations in the story, Lewandowski quickly and dismissively said that they were “factually inaccurate like the rest of The Daily Beast’s reporting.” After being informed that The Daily Beast had not in fact written the story, and asked again about the allegations therein, Lewandowski said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

The Daily Beast later sent him a translation of the original text via email and asked explicitly if he had heard of Obrad Kesic. Lewandowski responded with one word: “Never!” Reached by phone after this conversation, Kesic told The Daily Beast that he has “not had any contact with Mr. Lewandowski.” He alleged that the story was false and that the first time he had heard about it was moments before The Daily Beast called.

Gideon Resnick