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

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"How is it not collusion when George Papadopoulos is in contact with various people who are promising dirt on Hillary Clinton in a series of events that closely mirrors what occurred with the president's own son?" he asked.

"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity", she said.

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. "There's clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president to influence the election", Sanders said.

Papadopoulos was one of five people announced to be part of Trump's foreign policy team in March of past year.

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. It is specifically about the campaign - MS. SANDERS: It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign.

Sanders was also asked how well she knew Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who are investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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Acting BCCI acting honorary secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: "The BCCI has zero tolerance towards any activity that brings the game to disrepute".

"It has to do with his failure to tell the truth".

Throughout the briefing, Sanders continued to distance the Trump campaign from the activities of Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos.

"A lot of them took place well before the campaign ever even existed", she asserted.

She responded that he was a campaign volunteer who played a minimal role.

As she spoke, CNN cited its report that Trump was "seething" behind the scenes after reports of the indictments on Monday, and noted that Trump has frequently tweeted about the probe.

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