'Let's not twist this to make out Trump didn't have good judgement' - Republican defends President in wake of Manafort indictment

'Let's not twist this to make out Trump didn't have good judgement' - Republican's staunch defence of US President in wake of Manafort indictment

Jan Halper-Hayes spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the indictment of Trump's former campaign manager

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A former member of Donald Trump's transition team has mounted a staunch defence of him in the face of the allegations faced by Paul Manafort. 

An indictment published on Monday made clear the charges faced by Donald Trump's former campaign manager, in regard to reports of money received by a former president of Ukraine.

He faces 12 counts of a series of charges, including conspiracy against the United States, which could carry a reported high of 80 years imprisonment.

Jan Halper-Hayes, who represents Republicans Overseas, took exception to a question posed by our host about the judgement of Donald Trump in hiring Manafort. 

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There’s lots of things you don’t know, Julia, you’re being unfair, the angle you’re taking is wrong.

"Corey Lewandowski, the original chair of Trump’s campaign, left and was a CNN commentator.

"He was the one who exposed Manafort and the payments and his relationships with the Ukraine and then Trump fired Manafort.

"Let’s not put some angle on it and try to twist this to make out Trump didn’t have good judgement. When you hire people, you don’t know everything.

“Don’t put the monkey on Trump’s back for this and don’t pull the due diligence stuff on this one."

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