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

"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.

Court documents unsealed Monday show he admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with Russian intermediaries.

In fact, Papadopoulos was contacted after he learned he'd be joining the campaign, and the professor only mentioned the "thousands of emails" after he'd been on the Trump campaign for more than a month.

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.

"This individual was a member of a volunteer council that met one time", she said of Papadopolous, adding nothing in today's indictments is "evidence of Trump-Russia collusion". "The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Russia", Sanders said.

"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign", Sander said.

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


Throughout the briefing, Sanders continued to distance the Trump campaign from the activities of Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos. It is specifically about the campaign - MS. SANDERS: It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign.

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

Mark It Down-"We still expect this to conclude soon".

Sanders said there is "no intention or plan" by the president to fire or remove Mueller from the investigation.

Sanders said that the White House isn't expecting such differences of vision to delay the tax package, which Congress will begin considering in earnest this week.

The Washington Post reported last week that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had hired FusionGPS to produce a dossier on Trump. Sanders also commented on his case.

  • Tracy Klein