Sanders holds White House news briefing

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"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said at her Monday afternoon briefing.

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.

Also announced by Mueller was a guilty plea by George Papadopolous, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

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. "That doesn't have anything to do with the campaign or campaign's activities", she said.

Another one of CNN's fact checks sought to clarify what George Papadopoulos's role was on Trump's presidential campaign.

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"It was extremely limited. That doesn't have anything to do with the campaign or the campaign's activities", she said. And he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post.

It's Not Just Team Trump-From Politico's Playbook: "Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the lobbying shop that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller".

"There are no activities or official capacity in which the Trump campaign was engaged in any of these activities".

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.

She affirmed President Donald Trump's stance that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation. The dossier relied on a Russian government official and a Russian spy for information.

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