President Trump’s legal team initially released a statement saying “Paul Manafort will tell the truth” but quickly issued a second statement leaving that line out, after Manafort agreed to cooperate as part of a plea deal with prosecutors in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said in an initial statement Friday that the investigation into Manafort “has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign.”
“The reason: the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth,” the first statement read.
The president’s legal team reportedly issued a second statement shortly afterward that only said the “president did nothing wrong.”
The president’s legal team put out an initial statement that said: “the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.” Minutes later, they put out a new statement that said simply: “the President did nothing wrong.”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) September 14, 2018
To get more specific: Star legal counsel Rudy Giuliani put out this statement and then the follow-up statement. https://t.co/qlXp3TxPQ4
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 14, 2018
The Hill added:
Manafort on Friday pleaded guilty to two charges from Mueller’s probe and also agreed to cooperate “fully and truthfully” with the special counsel’s investigation.
The former Trump campaign head, who was convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud last month, will also interview with Mueller and hand over documents tied to the investigation.
Trump, his attorneys and the White House have all asserted that the guilty pleas obtained so far in Mueller’s probe have nothing to do with Russian election interference or collusion, which Mueller has been charged with investigating.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion during the 2016 election, calling the Russia probe a “witch hunt.”