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Fox News’ Outnumbered is Perplexed That Trump Would Hire ‘Shady Dudes’ Like Manafort, Cohen

Fox News’ Outnumbered opened up on Tuesday with a discussion about why President Donald Trump ever thought it was a good idea to employ people like his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump and his legal team have been slamming his former personal attorney for the last few days, particularly because of Cohen’s claims about what POTUS knew about Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous 2016 Russian lawyer meeting. Manafort, meanwhile, was indicted on felony charges last year, and then sent to jail for witness tampering. The president’s defenders have emphasized the fact that the former campaign chairman’s trial for alleged bank and tax fraud does not implicate Trump.

Lawrence Jones was today’s #OneLuckyGuy on Outnumbered, and he raised questions about the special counsel’s involvement in the Manafort prosecution, even if the guy is “shady.”

“If he wasn’t the president’s campaign manager, in likelihood, he wouldn’t be facing these charges,” Jones said.

Jessica Tarlov was up next, saying the Trump 2016 Campaign could’ve run a stronger background check on Manafort before bringing him on board. Harris Faulkner argued that people shouldn’t be too surprised Trump hired Manafort without proper vetting, since he was a political novice.

“It’s tough because you had someone who was a non-traditional politician,” Faulkner said. That’s what people love about Donald Trump and loved about him as a candidate.”

Jones countered by acknowledging that Manafort’s red flags would’ve come up even with basic levels of vetting. Eventually, Faulkner asked if anyone was watching Trump’s back in 2016, given he hired Manafort and fellow “shady dude” Michael Cohen.

The panel continued to discuss — with much consternation — how Trump could have hired such people to work for him.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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