Trump claims Manafort judge cleared his 2016 campaign of collusion – (He didn’t)

President Donald Trump thinks he and his 2016 campaign have been completely exonerated of conspiring with Russia to rig the election, and he’s trumpeting that incorrect assumption all over social media.

The day after federal judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison for bank fraud and tax evasion, Trump proclaimed his innocence on Twitter:

But like so many things this president claims, that’s simply not true. Judge Ellis merely said his sentence was not based on information that came from the Russia probe and was instead focused solely on financial crimes committed by Manafort. Also, Trump’s citing of an attorney working for Manafort is clearly not valid because defense lawyers always try to spin the story to benefit their client.

And Manafort is far from in the clear. He faces another judge next week on even more serious charges and could receive an additional ten years incarceration that may have to serve consecutive to the four he was given Thursday. That would increase his sentence to 14 years, which would be significant time for a 70-year-old man.

Twitter quickly rebutted Trump’s false claims:

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