Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, is considering legal action against New York Magazine reporter Oliva Nuzzi, who admitted she entered his home office without permission, according to Fox News.
The problem is that admitting that it was his office that the reporter entered could land Lewandowski in some legal trouble of his own.
Nuzzi was working on a profile about former White House communications director Hope Hicks and was trying to reach Lewandowski to interview him.
She was having difficulty reaching Lewandowski, so she visited his townhouse.
“I tried to knock on the basement door, but the gate wasn’t open,” Nuzzi told the Columbia Journalism Review. “Then I walked up the steps to the main door and knocked for, like, 10 minutes. And I’m knocking, knocking, nobody’s answering. But after a while, I just touched the door knob, and the door was open. I walked in and I’m in the house, by myself. So I took this photo of the quote on a wall. I peered around but I didn’t walk fully into the house.”
Lewandowski, speaking to Fox News, said he is considering legal action but “that decision has not been finalized yet.”
What’s the problem for Lewandowski?
According to Fox News, Lewandowski’s residence is above the offices of the lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions.
Lewandowski told Politico in September that he had nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions and that he signed a noncompete clause after departing his firm, Avenue Strategies, in May 2017.
That noncompete clause prohibits him from lobbying or directing others to lobby for one year, Nuzzi said one of Lewandowski’s former business partners told her.
Nuzzi maintains she technically entered the offices of Turnberry Solutions (on the first floor), not Lewandowski’s residence, which is above the office.
The question then becomes: If Lewandowski cannot be involved in lobbying and has nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions, then what are the grounds on which he could take legal action against Nuzzi? And if he does have an office in Turnberry Solutions, does that violate his noncompete?
New York Magazine has said it stands behind Nuzzi's methods in reporting the story.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)