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

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According to court documents, Papadopolous' false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerned his contact with a professor with connections to the Russian government about "thousands of emails" that could damage Hillary Clinton.

The guilty plea by Mr. Papadopoulos and a 20-count indictment against Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, gave special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe momentum this week and put the White House on defense against allegations of collusion with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential race.

That's narrowly correct if Sanders is referring to the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates on 12 counts, including conspiracy, money laundering, failure to file financial disclosures, failure to register as foreign agents, and false statements therein.

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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. "It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign", she said.

"He [Papadopoulos] 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 in coordinating anything officially for the campaign", Sanders said.

"It has nothing to do with the campaign's activities", she said of Papadopoulos' plea. She continued that "no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard". It is specifically about the campaign - MS. SANDERS: It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign. According to the plea statement, following his July 27, 2017 arrest, Papadopoulos "met with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions".

Sanders was also asked how she could "describe Papadopoulos as having a limited role when there's a photograph of [him] sitting at a table with then-candidate Trump at a national security meeting". She said the White House still expects Mueller's investigation to end "soon".