U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, a Republican who has been a supporter of President Trump, indicated Wednesday that the impact of Tuesday's court actions with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and …
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, a Republican who has been a supporter of President Trump, indicated Wednesday that the impact of Tuesday's court actions with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and personal lawyer Michael Cohen is uncertain.
"Many on the left want to jump on these Cohen and Manafort cases as if it is also an automatic conviction of the President," Aderholt said in a short statement Wednesday. "The reality is that we don't know what impact, if any, this will have on the President.
"I remain focused on the positives this administration has delivered on economic growth, rolling back overreaching government regulations and acting like the super-power we are."
Manafort was convicted on eight counts centering on tax- and bank-fraud charges. The jury deadlocked on 10 other charges, although prosecutors are expected to file the charges again. Manafort will be on trial again next month on charges that he failed to register as a lobbyist for the Ukrainian government and conspired to tamper with witnesses in that case.
Despite speculation that Manafort might cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe in the wake of the conviction, Cohen's case got more attention Wednesday. Cohen plead guilty to two felony campaign finance violations in relation to making payments to keep two women quiet about affairs with Trump before the 2016 election. Cohen also implicated the president in giving direction to take the actions, raising questions in Washington overnight about Trump's fate and possible impeachment.
Congressmen in the House would vote on impeachment, a form of an indictment, and the trial would be held in the Senate.
Trump later accused Cohen of making up stories to make a deal with prosecutors and told Fox News the payments were not a violation as they came from Trump and not from the campaign.
The Democratic Party nominee for Aderholt's seat on Nov. 6, Lee Auman, said in a statement Wednesday, "I have faith in our American institutions, and I believe that justice was served yesterday by the courts. As for implications for the president, I’m more interested in the issues directly impacting the 4th District than I am in political intrigue. I'll reserve judgment and allow our system to work as it’s designed, without interference, and I call on my opponent to do the same."