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  • President Donald Trump responded to news that his
    former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on
    eight federal counts of bank and tax fraud on Tuesday.
  • “I must tell you that Paul Manafort is a good man. He
    was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a lot of different people
    over the years, and I feel very sad about that,” Trump said,
    moments after stepping off Air Force One in West Virginia where
    he was set to hold a rally Tuesday night.
  • “It doesn’t involve me, but it’s a very sad thing that
    happened,” Trump added, insisting that the Manafort case “has
    nothing to do with Russian collusion.”
  • The president reprised his attacks on that
    investigation and ignored shouted questions about news that his
    longtime lawyer Michael Cohen signed on to a plea deal within
    minutes of the Manafort verdicts in which Cohen testified under
    oath that Trump directed him to commit campaign finance
    violations during the 2016 election.
  • Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said of the Cohen
    plea: “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against
    the President in the government’s charges against Mr.
    Cohen.”

President Donald Trump responded to news that his former campaign
chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight federal counts
of bank and tax fraud on Tuesday.

Moments after exiting Air Force One in West Virginia where he was
set to hold a rally, Trump said, “I must tell you that Paul
Manafort is a good man. He was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a
lot of different people over the years, and I feel very sad about
that.”

“It doesn’t involve me, but it’s a very sad thing that happened,”
Trump added, insisting that the Manafort case “has nothing to do
with Russian collusion.” 

“We continue the witch hunt,” Trump said, reprising his attack on
the Russia
investigation
being led by the special counsel Robert Mueller
before quickly walking away from the cameras.

The president ignored shouted questions from reporters about the
other big news of the day:
a plea deal his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen,
signed on to
within minutes of the Manafort verdict.

Cohen testified under oath that Trump directed him to commit
campaign finance violations during the 2016 election, and pleaded
guilty to several other charges.

Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said of the Cohen
plea: “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the
President in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen.”

Giuliani added: “It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr.
Cohen’s actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a
significant period of time.”

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