President Donald Trump reacted for the first time to the guilty verdict found in special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Paul Manafort.
Manafort was found guilty of 8 counts relating to tax and bank fraud in federal court in Virginia Tuesday. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the remaining 10 counts.
“I feel very sad about that. It doesn’t involve me, but I still feel it is a very sad thing that happened. It has nothing to do with Russian collusion,” Trump said, adding “this started as Russian collusion. This has absolutely nothing to do. This is a witch hunt that is a disgrace. It has nothing to do with what they started out looking for Russians involved in the campaign.”
The president continued of Manafort “he worked for Bob Dole, he worked for Ronald Reagan. He worked for many people. This is the way it ends up. It was not the original mission, believe me. It was something very much different. It has nothing to do with Russian collusion. They continue the witch hunts.”