Sanders: Indictments by Mueller Have Nothing to Do With Trump Campaign

Sanders: Indictments by Mueller Have Nothing to Do With Trump Campaign

Sanders: Indictments by Mueller Have Nothing to Do With Trump Campaign

"Papadopoulos is an example of someone doing the wrong thing while the campaign was doing the right thing", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

CNN's "Facts First" feature came a day after Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud and money laundering, in one of the first indictments to come from Mueller's probe.

The indictment also said that Papadopoulos was told by the Russian professor in London that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.

Sanders said that Papadopoulos was not paid by the campaign and that his involvement was "extremely limited". "That doesn't have anything to do with the campaign or campaign's activities", she said.

"No activity was ever done in an official capacity", Huckabee Sanders said of Papadopoulos.

Sanders claimed that Papadopoulos was unpaid and asserted that his activities were considered "unofficial".

"Chief of Staff John Kelly said this special counsel investigation has been very distracting for the president".

Sanders emphasized that she's "not sure that the president recalls specific details" of a March 31 national security team meeting at Trump International Hotel in Washington, which Papadopoulos was present. Sanders also commented on his case.

"The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russian Federation". According to the plea statement, following his July 27, 2017 arrest, Papadopoulos "met with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions".

Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos plead guilty in October for lying to federal agents about his contact with Russian citizens and officials during the presidential election. 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.

Related news