Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN effective immediately, a CNN spokesperson confirms.
Politico, which broke the news, reports it’s a salaried and exclusive position as a political commentator.
Lewandowski, who had been at Trump’s side even before his presidential campaign was announced, was fired Monday morning, and 4 hours later sat down with CNN’s Dana Bash in New York for a nearly 30-minute live interview. It seemed to be a matter of when, not if, Lewandowski took on a paid contributor role with a TV network.
Back in March, 16 women pundits and reporters, including several employed by CNN, signed a letter calling on Trump to fire Lewandowski following a simple battery charge filed against him in a case involving former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. The charge was later dropped.
CNN has Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord on the payroll, and until February, had Roger Stone on as a frequent guest. MSNBC has former Ted Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler signed on as a paid contributor.