Trump campaign gave feds the goods on Papadopoulos, says White House

Saul Bowman
November 1, 2017

The cable news organization put up a series of screens titled "Facts First", which displayed different bullet points containing information as Sanders answered questions about whether special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe was affecting President Trump's ability to get his job done.

"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".

Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser. It is specifically about the campaign - MS. SANDERS: It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign.

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. "We've been saying from day one there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all". "There's clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the President to influence the election".

Ruling out changing the special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director, at this time, she hoped that the investigations would conclude soon. "It was a volunteer position", Sanders said of Papadopoulos' role in the campaign.

"It has to do with his failure to tell the truth".

Acosta noted that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos allegedly reached out directly to Russian government officials throughout 2016 in an effort to set up meetings between them and the Trump campaign, while also noting that three top campaign officials - Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. - actually took a meeting that was billed as part of the Russian government's efforts to help bring down Clinton's candidacy.

As she spoke, CNN cited its report that Trump was "seething" behind the scenes after reports of the indictments on Monday, and noted that Trump has frequently tweeted about the probe.

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