Media is 'obsessed' with Russian Federation probe, but Americans don't care: White House


Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration (FARA) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts.

"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.

Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Papadopoulos's guilty plea, she said, has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign.

"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.

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She said Papadopolous "reached out" to other campaign officials but no meeting ever occurred.

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.

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. Trump spent much of Monday watching TV upstairs in his private residence, "seething", a Republican close to the White House tells CNN.

She did note that Trump has no intentions to fire Mueller.

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