White House Downplays Manafort, Cohen Bombshells: The Media's 'Trying to

On Friday, the White House responded to the back-to-back bombshells by claiming that neither the Manafort memo nor the Cohen memo say much about Trump and implying the media was trying to create a story about nothing.

In the Paul Manafort memo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote this about the former Trump Campaign chair: “In his interviews with the Special Counsel’s Office and the FBI, Manafort told multiple discernible lies –– these were not instances of mere memory lapses.”

In response, the White House issued a statement claiming “The government’s filing in Mr. Manafort’s case says absolutely nothing about the President.”

The statement continues on: “Once again, the media is trying to create a story where there isn’t one.”

As for the Michael Cohen sentencing memo — where damning statements were made about Individual -1 aka Donald Trump — Sanders said: “The government’s filings in Mr. Cohen’s case tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known. Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero.”

Trump also issued a Twitter statement of his own Friday, reading simply and referring to the Cohen memo:  “Totally clears the President. Thank you!”

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