Don Lemon bursts out laughing after watching Paul Manafort clips from 2016

CNN anchor Don Lemon could not contain his laughter Thursday after watching clips of Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer MORE from 2016 in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's former campaign chairman appeared to fumble when asked if the then-presidential candidate had a financial relationship in Russia.

The clip played by Lemon was from a CBS interview with Manafort on July 27, 2016.

“So to be clear, Mr. Trump has no financial relationships with any Russian oligarchs,” the CBS anchor asked.

Manafort seemed to fumble with the response a little bit.

“That’s what he said, I don’t, that’s what I, that’s obviously what our position is,” he said.


After the clip is rolled, Lemon couldn't hold in some laughter and asked for the clip to be played again, saying that it was “a little awkward.” 

“That was really, really awkward, I still have no idea what he said there,” Lemon said, containing his laughter, after the clip was replayed.

“Doesn’t that just sum all of this up? The whole day, just all of it?” 

The clip was played after Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s property plans in Moscow, including his plans to travel to Russia and contacts with Russian officials in connection with the project during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen's agreement to cooperate with Mueller may result in information disproving Manafort's 2016 denial about Trump's financial relationship with Russia.

Special counsel Robert Muller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Mueller asserted via a court filing Monday that Manafort had violated the plea agreement made earlier to avoid a second trial after being convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud earlier this year.

The office alleged that Manafort “committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement.”

Manafort’s defense attorneys denied the allegation, saying Manafort believes he provided truthful information and does not agree that he has breached the agreement.