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White House distances itself from tainted Trump campaign aides

01 November 2017, 12:11 | Rufus Hill

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

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.

"What the Clinton campaign did, what the DNC did was actually exchange money, they took a meeting", Sanders said. 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".

Trump's plan doesn't include the phase in, she said.

She replied: "There are thousands of photographs [of Trump] with millions of people".

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. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russians in the elections to try to help him defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

For those of us who saw the demise of the Nixon White House due to the Watergate investigation, it's remarkable to see the similarities with the Trump administration's attempts to fend off the growing evidence of collusion with Russian officials during last year's election.

Sanders said she was not aware of the specific individuals, but she believes he is an example of somebody doing the wrong thing, while the Trump campaign did the right thing by voluntarily turning over emails to special counsel Robert Mueller, an action that ultimately led to Papadopoulos' arrest and guilty plea.



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