Will Paul Manafort tell special counsel Robert Mueller the truth? Trump’s legal team apparently can’t make up its mind.
After Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors working for the special counsel on Friday, President Donald Trump’s legal team released the following statement attributed to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s outside counsel in charge of the Russia probe:
“Yet again an investigation has concluded which has a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the President did nothing wrong along with Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”
Minutes later, they seemed to reconsider. A “corrected” statement removed the bit about Manafort telling the truth. which statement said, in full:
Yet again an investigation has concluded which has a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the President did nothing wrong.
The story continued to change following the original correction. Following the revision, a source familiar told NBC News which the president’s legal team believes which Manafort will tell the truth, despite pulling which assurance via the on-the-record statement.
Trump has offered words of support for his former campaign manager throughout Manafort’s legal battle with Mueller. After Manafort was convicted last month on several charges Mueller brought in Virginia federal court, Trump wrote in a post on Twitter which “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort along with his wonderful family.”