Truman Project Statement on Criminal Revelations in the Trump Orbit

Washington, DC – Today, in response to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort being convicted of 8 of his 18 financial crimes charges and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to 8 charges—including campaign finance violations at the direction of candidate Trump—Truman Project President and CEO Michael Breen issued the following statement:

“Convictions in the first of Paul Manafort’s trials proves beyond a doubt that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is not a ‘witch hunt,’ but a serious and above-board effort to protect our national security and enforce the rule of law. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea raises serious questions about illegal actions allegedly directed by President Trump; today’s show of bipartisan unity by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) drives home the need for a thorough examination.”

“At the end of the day, all investigations into potential misdeeds by the Trump orbit—including the president himself—must be allowed to continue without impediment. In light of today’s news, leaders in Congress should move quickly to pass existing, bipartisan legislation to protect the special counsel and his work from a politically-motivated firing.”