Manafort indictment has 'nothing to do with us,' says White House's Sanders

Manafort indictment has 'nothing to do with us,' says White House's Sanders

Manafort indictment has 'nothing to do with us,' says White House's Sanders

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 said the indictments and guilty plea have "nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity".

"What Papadopoulos did was lie and that's on him, not the campaign", said Mrs. Sanders. 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".

"How is it not collusion when George Papadopoulos is in contact with various people who are promising dirt on Hillary Clinton in a series of events that closely mirrors what occurred with the president's own son?" he asked.

"When you compare those two, it's like apples and oranges".

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He told the Federal Bureau of Investigation a London-based professor had "told him about the Russians possessing "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of 'thousands of emails, ' but stated multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the campaign", according to court documents.

For those of us who saw the demise of the Nixon White House due to the Watergate investigation, it's remarkable to see the similarities with the Trump administration's attempts to fend off the growing evidence of collusion with Russian officials during last year's election.

The professor, the statement indicates, had "substantial connections to Russian government officials" even though Papadopoulos claimed the professor was "a nothing".

When asked about that later in the briefing, Sanders insisted that it was only one meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials, while trying to say that Clinton's campaign was actually involved in colluding with Russia.

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