White House: 'Nothing Happened Beyond' Papadopoulos Contacting Prof

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The White House scolded the media on Tuesday for being "obsessed" with Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation - a day after the special counsel brought criminal charges against three former aides to President Trump.

Papadopoulos was indicted for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with a Russian professor, a female Russian national, and someone described as an official in Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sanders's assertion is at odds with the indictment issued by the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which states Papadopoulos was encouraged to meet with Russian officials by campaign officials.

A third person who has been indicted is George Papadopoulos, who had worked for the campaign in a volunteer position. "It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign", she said.

"It has nothing to do with the campaign, it has to do with his failure to tell the truth".

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Sanders insisted that Papadopoulos was a member of a volunteer advisory council that only met once and had no paid role within the campaign, while glossing over the actual meeting that occurred between even higher campaign officials and Russian government officials in Trump Tower in June 2016. "No activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard". The dossier relied on a Russian government official and a Russian spy for information. 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".

She also reiterated that President Trump has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

A White House reporter asked Sanders if her previous comments, where she expressed her belief that the investigation will be wrapped up "soon", were "wishful thinking" or "spin".

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.

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