President Donald Trump focused exclusively on topics besides Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen at a West Virginia rally on Tuesday night. Here he is shown speaking earlier this month in Ohio. 










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President Donald Trump focused exclusively on topics besides Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen at a West Virginia rally on Tuesday night. Here he is shown speaking earlier this month in Ohio. 

President Donald Trump avoided mentioning either his former campaign boss Paul Manafort, or his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during a campaign rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night, just hours after Manafort had been convicted of, and Cohen had pleaded guilty to, eight separate felony counts each.

adhering to the Justice Department’s policy of not naming unindicted individuals — Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis later said that Trump “directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen,” Davis asked, “then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”

And while much of the country’s news broadcasts Tuesday evening were focused on Cohen and Manafort, the two newly minted felons, Trump, for his part, took the stage in Charleston and delivered a speech that contained few clues of the catastrophic afternoon he and his presidency had endured.

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