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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on Cohen’s Plea Deals and Manafort’s Guilty Verdicts

Aug 22, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Sires released the following statement after Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts:

"Yesterday’s guilty verdicts and plea deals are just the latest in a litany of developments that reveal the true nature of the Trump Administration. By surrounding himself with corrupt individuals the President has cast a shadow on the Executive Office that should trouble all Americans, regardless of party.  In order for our democracy to function, it’s leaders must be held accountable which is why any investigations into wrong doing by members of the Trump Administration, including that of the Special Counsel, must continue unimpeded.  During his campaign President Trump repeatedly promised to ‘drain the swamp’.  If he had ever been serious about this pledge he would have taken a long, hard look at the people he has surrounded himself with.  His continued defense of Paul Manafort and his lack of respect for the rule of law makes it clear to me yet again that President Trump never planned on getting rid of corruption.”

Paul Manafort was found guilty on five charges of tax fraud, one of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two of bank fraud.  Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud.