Trump’s ‘good person’ defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial

Weighing in on active trial is highly unusual move for sitting president – one legal expert says: ‘He shouldn’t have done it’

Donald Trump’s outbursts against the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the US election have become a near-daily occurrence. But on Friday the president made public comments that some observers and legal experts said were unprecedented – and could impact the objectivity of jurors.

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