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

Violet Powell
November 1, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser reached out to a Kremlin-linked professor, after unsealed court documents revealed Monday that George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about those conversations.

On Monday, Sanders tried to steer the news conference toward Republican plans to reform the nation's tax code.

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.

In yet another twist, George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, was revealed to have pleaded guilty earlier this month.

"The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russian Federation".

"It has nothing to do with the campaign's activities", she said of Papadopoulos' plea. And he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post.

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Additionally, Sanders' repetition of the word "volunteer" to show reduced significance rings hollow in light of the fact Manafort also worked on the campaign for free and is now accused of, amongst other things, "conspiracy against the US".

Sanders pushed back on those findings, saying "any actions (Papadopoulos) took would have been his own" and claiming she was "not aware of that conversation", which was detailed in the documents involving the campaign supervisor and Papadopoulos.

Tuesday's White House press briefing focused mainly on questions about Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, which White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called "very distracting" to the president, according to The Hill.

"There are no activities or official capacity in which the Trump campaign was engaged in any of these activities". He said, "The walls are closing in" in the White House, and "everyone is freaking out".

"We believe that it will be concluded soon", she said.

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