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Senator Hassan Statement on Criminal Acts Committed By Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight felonies and the President’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight separate felonies:

“President Trump’s closest circle of advisors, including his campaign chairman, personal lawyer, White House National Security Advisor, deputy campaign chair, and campaign advisor have all either pleaded guilty or been found guilty of serious criminal charges in a court of law. The president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, went so far as to state – under oath – that his actions were at the direction of the candidate. President Trump needs to answer for his involvement.

"A clear pattern of criminality continues to emerge. Now more than ever, the ongoing investigations regarding President Trump and his associates must be allowed to continue without any interference from the President or his administration. I continue to urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and my colleagues to have the courage to put country before party by immediately taking up and passing legislation to protect the Special Counsel.”