President Donald Trump falsely claimed Friday morning that a federal judge concluded there was “NO COLLUSION” with Russia — when in fact, the judge said nothing of the kind.
The president attempted to spin comments Judge T.S. Ellis III made during a hearing on Thursday in which Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump tweeted that both Ellis and Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, “stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia. But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues.”
But Ellis did not in fact say that. He merely said that Manafort wasn’t appearing before his court for any crimes related to collusion with Russia.
Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there…