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Silent on Michael Cohen, US President Trump says Paul Manafort conviction 'a disgrace'

Trump told reporters in West Virginia that Manafort's conviction "has nothing to do with Russian collusion." Of Manafort's crimes, he says: "It doesn't involve me."

Published: 22nd August 2018 03:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2018 03:57 AM   |  A+A-

US President Donald Trump (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump says the conviction of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on financial crimes is "a disgrace."

But he hasn't publicly reacted to former personal attorney Michael Cohen's guilty pleas to felonies, including campaign finance violations he stated he carried out in coordination with Trump.

Manafort was convicted Tuesday in Virginia on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice. Cohen pleaded guilty in New York, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.

Trump told reporters in West Virginia that Manafort's conviction "has nothing to do with Russian collusion." Of Manafort's crimes, he says: "It doesn't involve me."

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