Trump Accuses Cohen Of ‘Making Up Stories,’ Expresses Sympathy For Manafort


Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump accused his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen of lying in federal court and expressed sympathy for former campaign manager Paul Manafort after his Tuesday conviction.

Trump previously tweeted about Cohen on Wednesday morning, taking a swipe at his integrity. The president also immediately reacted to the Manafort verdict before a rally in West Virginia, saying he felt very badly for his former campaign manager.

Manafort was found guilty of eight 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.

Cohen told the federal court that he acted for the purposes of influencing the election when he made payments to two women who were alleging an affair with Trump. Cohen, Trump, and the president’s legal team have previously maintained that the payments were made in a personal capacity to save face and had nothing to do with the 2016 presidential campaign.

The payments were made to former porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both claimed to have affairs with Trump in the mid-2000s. Prosecutors targeting Cohen told the court that the aim of the payments to Daniels and McDougal were made to hide his affairs.