Hecklers Shout Down Manafort Lawyer As He Tries To Say ‘No Collusion’

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March 13, 2019 12:59 p.m.

Kevin Downing, lawyer for Paul Manafort, was quickly drowned out by hecklers as he tried to say that his client’s sentencing proved that there was “no collusion.”

“What I’m about to say is not a surprise. Judge Jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case. So that makes…two courts…two courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion,” Downing said before cries of “that’s not what she said!” and “you’re a liar!” drowned him out.

“You guys are liars! You’re not lawyers, you’re liars!” a man yelled as Downing pushed through the crowd to leave.

Manafort was sentenced to another 43 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson Berman Wednesday, bringing his total to 7.5 years — for now. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance filed criminal charges immediately after the D.C. sentencing.

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