Trump dealt double blow as Manafort convicted on eight counts and Cohen pleads guilty – live

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Manafort is convicted on multiple counts of fraud and Cohen pleads guilty to fraud and campaign finance violations

Some more on the comments Trump made as he landed in West Virginia. He told reporters: “Paul Manafort’s a good man,” adding: “He was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a lot of people.”

The US president portrayed the Manafort prosecution, which grew out of an FBI investigation predating the 2016 campaign, as an unnatural outgrowth of the investigation being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Donald Trump just spoke to reporters outside of Air Force One after landing in Charleston, West Virginia.

He commented briefly on the Manafort guilty verdict, calling it “very sad” and noting that it had “ nothing to do” with Russian collusion.

Just landed in West Virginia. Big crowd, looking forward to seeing everyone soon! #MAGA

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