President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani asserted that Trump “did nothing wrong” after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Giuliani said in an initial statement Friday that the probe 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” and made no reference to Manafort’s potential statements.
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.
The president has long disparaged Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt."