The Latest: Lewandowski avoids answering about payday lender

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 3, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.



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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his business interests (all times local):

2 p.m.

Corey Lewandowski is refusing to answer a question about whether a payday lender is a client.

He's Donald Trump's onetime campaign manager, and he's taking on private clients and helping Trump-friendly politicians — even as he continues to visit the White House and travel with Trump.

A woman attending a Lewandowski speech in Cleveland asked him "yes or no" about being paid by Ohio-based Community Choice Financial.

Lewandowski isn't directly answering, but says he "doesn't make a dime" whether the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau loses his job.

Lewandowski has said Trump should fire the agency's head, Richard Cordray, and he's denied that he was being paid by anyone to advocate that stand.

Payday lenders frequently spar with Cordray over regulation of their industry.

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12:40 p.m.

Corey Lewandowski is parlaying his close relationship with President Donald Trump into business opportunities.

The president's onetime campaign manager is taking on private clients and helping Trump-friendly politicians — even as he continues to visit the White House and travel with Trump.

Lewandowski's recent spins through Ohio show how many different roles he's playing.

He's set to speak to the City Club in Cleveland on Thursday, and headline a fundraiser for GOP Rep. Jim Renacci (Reh-NAY-see), a gubernatorial candidate with ties to Trump.

Last week, Lewandowski accompanied Trump to a rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

Lewandowski's also working in the influence industry.

The Associated Press reviewed a draft contract between Lewandowski and Community Choice Financial, based in Dublin, Ohio. That contract was first reported by The New York Times.

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