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President Trump decries Manafort verdict, says Mueller investigation a 'disgrace'

Posted at 6:01 PM, Aug 21, 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Paul Manafort as a "good man" and attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "witch hunt" and a "disgrace."

Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes Tuesday afternoon.

"Paul Manafort is a good man," Trump said. "He was with Ronald Reagan. He was with a lot of different people over the years. I feel very sad about that. It doesn't involve me but I still feel ..."

Trump noted that the charges Manafort was convicted of on Tuesday have "nothing to do with Russian collusion" and criticized the investigation for arriving at this point.