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Manafort indictment has 'nothing to do with us,' says White House's Sanders

House committee to question former Trump bodyguard over Russia dossier report

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

"He 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 within coordinating anything officially for the campaign", Sarah Sanders, President Trump's press secretary told reporters.

Sanders later said Papadopoulos was a member of "a volunteer advisory council that meant one time over the course of a year".

"This goes back to activities that took place outside the scope of the campaign", Sanders said about these charges. And he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post.

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.

ABC White House correspondent Jon Karl asked Sanders to elaborate on White House chief of staff John Kelly's comments from Monday night when he said the Russian Federation investigation was "very distracting" to Trump and his agenda.

He told the Federal Bureau of Investigation a London-based professor had "told him about the Russians possessing "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of 'thousands of emails, ' but stated multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the campaign", according to court documents.

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.

Without citing a source or potential end date, Sanders said that the Trump administration believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation will end in the near future.