White House: no sign of collusion in campaign aides' indictments
- Author: Adam Floyd Nov 01, 2017,
Nov 01, 2017, 0:12
"What Papadopoulos did was lie and that's on him, not the campaign", said Mrs. Sanders.
"He reached out and nothing happened beyond that - which, I think, shows, one, his level of importance in the campaign, and, two, shows what little role he had within coordinating anything officially for the campaign", Sarah Sanders, President Trump's press secretary told reporters.
"It was a volunteer position", Sanders said of Papadopoulos' role in the campaign.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday afternoon.
"He asked to do things, he was basically pushed back or not responded to in any way", Sanders said of Papadopoulos' efforts within the campaign, which included sending out emails that offered to set up "a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S. -Russia ties under President Trump". The White House spokeswoman denied that the campaign aide was acting in an "official capacity" when he communicated with alleged Russian-tied individuals about "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.More news: Garmin just put Alexa in the auto
The professor, the statement indicates, had "substantial connections to Russian government officials" even though Papadopoulos claimed the professor was "a nothing".
Sanders said during Monday's White House press briefing that Papadopoulos was simply a "volunteer" like "thousands" of others during the campaign.
Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser.
George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy advisor to the Trump Campaign, has also pleaded guilty to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a professor connected with the Russian government officials.