Earlier in the day, POLITICO detailed allegations that Lewandowski tracked a donor, Trashelle Odom, during a Sunday night charity event in Las Vegas. Odom accused Lewandowski of repeatedly touching her, including her legs and buttocks, of talking about his genitals and sexual performance, and of following her through the hotel.
Odom also described fear and intimidation when Lewandowski allegedly spoke about past violent behavior and bragged about his control over Trump’s political activities.
The 48-year-old married Lewandowski has long been by Trump’s side – but this is not the first time that Trump has driven him out. He was Trump’s first campaign manager during the 2016 election but was fired before the 2016 Republican Convention.
He made a comeback during Trump’s years in the White House and acted as a key external advisor and replacement. After losing his re-election, Trump personally appointed Lewandowski to head the Super-PAC of the Make America Great Again Action.
Lewandowski’s re-entry into Trump’s orbit after being released in 2016 came despite a history of unwanted contact. In late 2017, singer Joy Villa filed a police report claiming the former Trump campaign manager hit her on the buttocks during a Christmas party at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, at a Trump event. The charges were later dropped, but Lewandowski alleged the incident never happened before a video emerged confirming it.
In addition to Trump, Lewandowski has advised other Republican politicians across the country this year, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who was also present at the Las Vegas event. By late Wednesday evening, Noem’s operation hadn’t said whether Lewandowski would stay on her team.
Trashelle Odom and her husband, John Odom, construction manager from Idaho, were among the donors of the “Make America Great Again” campaign this year. Prior to the weekend incident, the couple had given the Lewandowski-led super PAC $ 100,000. Those close to the Odoms said they wanted to ask for their money back unless Lewandowski resigned from the organization.
Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and a staunch Trump supporter, is expected to take Lewandowski’s place in steering the Super-PAC.