White House downplays George Papadopoulos' role in Trump campaign

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders will address the media at 1 p.m. Instead, reporters mostly asked Sanders questions relating to the indictment of Manafort and business associate Rick Gates, the guilty plea of campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and special counsel Robert Mueller's special probe into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

President Trump responded to the indictment earlier today on Twitter.

Sanders also said Trump only met Papadopoulos once and said he played a "minimal role, if one at all".

Sanders said that Papadopoulos was not paid by the campaign and that his involvement was "extremely limited".

The Washington Post reported last week that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had hired FusionGPS to produce a dossier on Trump.

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Sanders was defiant about the Papadopoulos guilty plea on Monday.

The indictment also said that Papadopoulos was told by the Russian professor in London that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. And again, no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard.

A third person who has been indicted is George Papadopoulos, who had worked for the campaign in a volunteer position.

The professor, the statement indicates, had "substantial connections to Russian government officials" even though Papadopoulos claimed the professor was "a nothing".

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

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.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, ruling that the ban would likely be found unconstitutional, issued a primary injunction halting Trump's ban on transgender service members and recruits.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment on the ruling, which was announced shortly before her daily press conference.

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