White House Watch: The Trump Administration Reacts to the Manafort Indictment
- Author: Megan Austin Nov 01, 2017,
Nov 01, 2017, 0:34
Court documents unsealed Monday show he admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with Russian intermediaries. None of the charges against Manafort and Gates appear to have anything to do directly with the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russians to interfere with the election-something President Trump noted in his Monday morning tweets shortly after the indictments were unsealed.
Q But the George Papadopoulos agreement is about the campaign.
Mr. Papadopoulos's offers were repeatedly rebuffed by the campaign, although one official told him to go to Russian Federation in order to gather dirt about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Which I think that shows, one, his level of importance in the campaign and two, what little role he had within coordinating anything officially for the campaign", she said, repeating her attempts to minimize Papadopoulos' role in the President's campaign, which she said was "extremely limited".
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The White House press secretary also insisted the president has "no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to special counsel". "It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign", she said. Meanwhile, CNN's fact check read: "Reality check: Papadopoulos' role", and listed that Trump had in the past cited Papadopoulos as an "excellent guy" and that Papadopoulos had attended "at least one meeting".
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment on the ruling, which was announced shortly before her daily press conference.
She said Papadopolous "reached out" to other campaign officials but no meeting ever occurred.
She also criticized Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee for their contributions which funded research for a dossier alleging Mr. Trump's connections to Russian Federation. The dossier relied on a Russian government official and a Russian spy for information. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid, however, said her sources still maintain that the investigation is not winding down and could in fact take years to be wrapped up.