White House Brushes Off Former Aide's Guilty Plea

Aaron Brown
November 1, 2017

The special counsel tasked with investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election as well as potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin released a statement which says that Papadopoulos "pleaded guilty on October 5, 2017, to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001".

At an arraignment hearing in a USA federal court, a judge set a bail bond of $10 million for Manafort and $5 million for Gates and put them under house arrest.

President shrugged off Manafort's indictment with a tweet, insisting that his former campaign manager's alleged wrong doings were not during the election campaign.

Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The White House sought to dismiss him as only a "volunteer" with the campaign, whose outreach to the Russian, meticulously detailed in his offense document, were repeatedly rebuffed.

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CNN's Jim Acosta grilled White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday with a pointed question about Trump campaign officials' contacts with Russian government officials throughout the 2016 presidential campaign about obtaining Hillary Clinton's missing private server emails.

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

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 emphasized that she's "not sure that the president recalls specific details" of a March 31 national security team meeting at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.in which Papadopoulos was present.

It's said that those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it; that's a truism that Donald Trump may realize sooner than later.

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