Will Paul Manafort tell special counsel Robert Mueller the truth? Trump’s legal team can’t make up its mind.
“Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”
Minutes later, they seemed to reconsider. A “corrected” statement removed the bit about Manafort telling the truth. That statement said, in full:
Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the President did nothing wrong.
Trump has offered words of support for his former campaign manager throughout Manafort’s legal battle with Mueller. After Manafort was convicted last month on a number of charges Mueller brought in Virginia federal court, Trump wrote in a post on Twitter that “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family.”
He wrote that, “unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!” Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, pleaded guilty last month to several federal charges and implicated the president in campaign-finance crimes.
The retraction Friday suggests that the goodwill between Trump and Manafort could be short-lived.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC asking whether the president expects Manafort to tell the truth.
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