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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Said 7 Times That Trump ‘Did Nothing Wrong, There are No Charges Against Him’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly responded to reporters’ questions on the criminal conviction of President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort and guilty plea of his former lawyer Michael Cohen by denying the president committed wrongdoing. Seven times to be exact.

“He did nothing wrong, there are no charges against him,” Sanders said when a reporter at the briefing Wednesday afternoon brought up Cohen saying in his plea Tuesday that he paid women to stay silent at Trump’s request, and asked if Trump committed a crime.

“He did nothing wrong, there are no charges against him,” Sanders said when the reporter followed up with the question of why the payments to the women who allege affairs with Trump were not reported.

“The president in this matter has done nothing wrong and there are no charges against him,” Sanders reiterated when the same reporter asked if Trump lied about knowing about the payments.

“He did nothing wrong, there are no charges against him,” Sanders repeated when another reporter asked her to explain the president’s claim that the money for the payments did not come from his campaign.

The denials went on.

“He knows that he did nothing wrong and there was no collusion,” Sanders responded when asked by another reporter if Trump felt betrayed by Cohen and what his former longtime “fixer” might say to special counsel Robert Mueller.

“The president did nothing wrong, there are no charges against him, there is no collusion,” Sanders said when another reporter asked her to explain why Trump claimed he didn’t know about the payments but was recorded on tape discussing a payment with Cohen.

“The president has done nothing wrong, there are no charges again him, there is no collusion,” Sanders said when another reporter pressed her to explain the discrepancy between Trump’s claim and the tape.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Donald Trump nothing wrong, no charges White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders conducts a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on August 22. On Tuesday President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen admitted in court that Trump directed him to break campaign finance laws by paying off two women who said they had sexual relationships with Trump at the same time that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sanders said she had answered journalists’ questions that way “a number of times just because you continue to ask the same questions over and over." The press secretary also repeatedly deferred questions to Trump’s outside counsel.

Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign, one count of an unlawful corporate campaign contribution from June 2016 to October 2016, one count of making false statements to influence lending and five counts of tax evasion. At about the same time Tuesday, Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

The briefing Wednesday was Sanders’s 100th, by CBS’s count, and will surely be remembered as one of her most repetitive.