President Donald Trump made a statement to reporters after the stunning developments Tuesday in the trial of Paul Manafort and the case against Michael Cohen.
'It's a witch hunt, it's a disgrace!'
"I must tell you that Paul Manafort is a good man," the president said, "he was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a lot of different people over the years."
"And I feel very sad about that," he added.
"It doesn't involve me but I still feel, you know it's a very sad thing that happened," he lamented.
"This has nothing to do with Russian collusion," Trump continued, "this started as Russian collusion, this has absolutely nothing to do, it's a witch hunt, it's a disgrace!"
"This has nothing to do with what they started out," he added, "looking for Russians involved in our campaign, there were none."
"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort," Trump reiterated, "again, he worked for Bob Dole, he worked for Ronald Reagan, he worked for many many people. And this is the way it ends up."
"It was not the original mission, believe me," he said. "It was something very much different."
"So, I had nothing to do with Russian collusion," Trump concluded. "We continue the witch hunt, thank you very much!"
Reporters tried to ask him about his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty around the same time of the Manafort decision, but he walked away without a comment.
The jury in the Manafort trial could not come to a unanimous decision on 20 counts he was charged with, but they decided that he was guilty on eight counts. The former Trump campaign manager faces up to 80 years in prison for the charges which include bank fraud.