WASHINGTON, DC, August 21, 2018 – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax fraud and the President’s long-time lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to felony counts of tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations:

“Today’s conviction of Paul Manafort and guilty plea with confession by Michael Cohen demonstrate why the special counsel’s investigation must continue unimpeded. Americans have long judged our leaders by the individuals they turn to for guidance and advice; such are the confidants to whom Donald Trump turned to run his campaign and act as his attorney and personal fixer. These developments ought to alarm all Americans and all Members of Congress concerned about the proper function of our government and foreign efforts to erode trust in our democratic institutions. Our people deserve a government that works for them, that isn’t mired in corruption and mismanagement, and that is composed of men and women who do not see themselves as above the law but as its faithful guardians.”