White House distances itself from tainted Trump campaign aides

Evan Vucci  AP	

	White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing Friday Oct. 27 2017 in Washington

Mrs. Sanders said that the Trump campaign has always fully cooperated with the investigation, including turning over all of Mr. Papadopoulos's emails.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday scolded the media for being "completely obsessed" about Donald Trump's former volunteer campaign aide who pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dodging the question, she replied: "I'm telling you he was a volunteer member of an advisory council that literally met one time".

Sanders was also asked how she could "describe Papadopoulos as having a limited role when there's a photograph of [him] sitting at a table with then-candidate Trump at a national security meeting".

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

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.

She reiterated that the "real collusion scandal" involves the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russian Federation working to "smear" Trump.

The other news that broke Monday from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion was that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates were indicated for a litany of financial crimes.

All of the charges fell short of implicating Mr. Trump or campaign officials in conspiring with Russian Federation to affect the outcome of the election.

"Is the administration aware of who the other three or four campaign individuals who were referenced in that Papadopoulos plea were, and are any serving him or advising him in the administration?" the reporter asked.

It's said that those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it; that's a truism that Donald Trump may realize sooner than later.



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