White House: no sign of collusion in campaign aides' indictments

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

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will hold a press briefing Tuesday afternoon - her second since the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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

The White House on Tuesday said it was the Trump campaign that gave the feds the goods on George Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about dealings with Russian Federation. Meanwhile, CNN's fact check read: "Reality check: Papadopoulos' role", and listed that Trump had in the past cited Papadopoulos as an "excellent guy" and that Papadopoulos had attended "at least one meeting".

Sanders also raised a few eyebrows by starting the press briefing by using an analogy of reporters getting drunk and trying to split the tab to illustrate tax reform.

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

"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.

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.

Sanders downplayed Papadopolous' role within the campaign, saying the indictment is over his "failure to tell the truth", not campaign activities.

Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser.

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