On Tuesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway offered a bizarre but popular defense (with conservatives) for her boss as his former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort goes to trial. According to Conway, Manafort, who Trump has known since the 80s, and who worked on his campaign, had NOTHING to do with the former reality show star’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“This trial obviously centers on matters that have nothing to do with the campaign,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite ‘news’ show.
“I think that even Mr. Manafort as I read it had requested that there be no mention of his brief tenure at the Trump campaign,” she added just before she crawled back into her crypt.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 31, 2018
So, before the trial even starts, Kellyanne is trying to distance Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager from Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Today marks the first trial prompted by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort faces a litany of charges related to financial crimes and money laundering in Virginia. Manafort appears to have a penchant for not paying taxes on the millions of dollars he’s received from Ukraine, which he has funneled into offshore accounts. Mueller is following the money as if he’s zeroing on a crime family.
Mr. Trump’s attorney, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, went from there is no collusion to ‘collusion is not a crime’ on Monday during another off the rails interview. Just this morning, Rudy’s client said pretty much the same thing, except he blamed Hillary Clinton.
“Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!” President Exclamation Mark tweeted.
Trump will be holding a rally today, on the same day as Paul Manafort’s trial. Trump is good at one thing: deflection.
Reminder: So far, there have been 191 charges and indictments against 32 people – including 4 members of Trump’s campaign, including Manafort – and 3 companies.
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