Trump feels “very badly” for Manafort, slams Cohen’s denial of pardon request

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump on Friday said he feels “very badly” for his ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort and highlighted that the 47-months imprisonment verdict he received “has nothing to do with collusion,” with Russia.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he feels very badly for Paul Manafort.” He added that this “is a very, very tough time for him.” “The judge said there was no collusion with Russia. This has nothing to do with collusion,” he continued. “I don’t collude with Russia,” he maintained.

Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Thursday for cheating on his taxes and bank fraud and has another hearing for conspiracy charges next week in Washington, D.C.

The US President also said that his former lawyer Michael Cohen told a “stone cold lie” in claiming that he did not seek a pardon.

Cohen came under renewed scrutiny after telling Congress that he never sought a pardon from the president.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for a variety of crimes, including campaign finance violations. He has admitted to lying to Congress in his initial testimony last year.

Source: Kuwait News Agency