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Sanders says president has 'done nothing wrong'

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The White House says President Donald Trump did nothing wrong the day after his former attorney Michael Cohen said Trump had directed him to make hush-money payments to two women with the express purpose of "influencing the election."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that the president has "done nothing wrong" and stresses, "There are no charges against him."

She also calls it "a ridiculous accusation" to suggest the president had lied when he said he didn't know about the payments at the time they were made.

Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including campaign finance violations.

Asked whether the president is concerned about what Cohen might tell the special counsel investigating Russia election middling: "I don't think the president is concerned at all."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she's "not aware" of conversations about a possible presidential pardon for Paul Manafort.

Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday in federal court of eight financial crimes stemming from his work before he joined Trump's campaign in 2016. A jury deadlocked on 10 other counts against Manafort.

Trump tweeted Wednesday about his respect for Manafort and called him a "brave man" for choosing to go to trial as against cooperating with prosecutors. Trump has also called Manafort's situation "sad."

Echoing the president, Sanders says Wednesday that Manafort's case doesn't have anything to do with the president, the president's campaign or the White House.