Conway: Manafort trial has 'nothing to do with' Trump campaign

Conway: Manafort trial has 'nothing to do with' Trump campaign
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"This trial obviously centers on matters that have nothing to do with the campaign," Conway said on "Fox & Friends."

"I think that even Mr. Manafort as I read it had requested that there be no mention of his brief tenure at the Trump campaign." 

Conway's comments came the day Manafort’s trial on bank and tax fraud is set to begin. It is the first trial prompted by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's broad investigation into Russia's election interference in the 2016 election.


Manafort spent five months in 2016 working on Trump's presidential campaign. He helped lead campaign efforts through the last few primaries and the Republican convention. He was also in attendance at the Trump Tower meeting in 2016 with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

The judge in the trial has limited trial references to the other issue Mueller is investigating — possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Manafort is accused of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, which allegedly occurred before he joined President Trump's campaign. 

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Monday, Mueller said in a court filing that Manafort earned more than $60 million working for Russia-backed Ukraine politicians. It was the first time a tally of Manafort's earnings in Ukraine had been revealed.

The trial for Manafort also comes as Trump levels increasing attacks against Mueller's investigation. The president has repeatedly labeled the probe a "witch hunt" and said there was "no collusion." He's also said that Manafort only worked on the Trump campaign for a brief amount of time. 

This week, both Trump and his lead attorney in the Russia probe, Rudy Giuliani, have said that collusion is not a crime. 

"Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday.