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Republican Leaders Stay Silent After Convictions of Cohen and Manafort

  • Republicans deflect after president is implicated in crime
  • Senate Democratic leader faults GOP for not criticizing Trump
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Former Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray examines the cases of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.Daybreak: Americas." (Source: Bloomberg)

Republican lawmakers taking cues from their leaders about how to address the convictions of two former top aides to President Donald Trump so far have two strategies to choose from: silence or avoidance.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no mention in a Thursday floor speech of the conviction of former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort or the guilty plea by the president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. The Kentucky Republican’s office also had no comment when asked to weigh in. A day earlier, McConnell declined to respond to questions from reporters about the president’s growing legal woes.