Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ press briefing goes off-script following Paul Manafort indictment

Sanders says the latest charges do not impugn the Trump campaign, but insists jury is still out on Hillary Clinton

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did an impressive job of misleading the American people on Monday, as she descended upon the White House for a response to the indictments dispensed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Sanders began the press briefing telling a joke about tax reform and beer, a clear attempt to filibuster the inevitable questions about the Russia investigation.

When she finally addressed the news about three former Trump associates who were indicted by Mueller this month, Sanders downplayed the whole affair. She said Monday’s news that a campaign adviser pleaded guilty for lying about Russia contacts had nothing to do with Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Sanders said that George Papadopoulos was basically a volunteer, but Trump singled out the foreign policy adviser as pivotal to his campaign, and photos of Papadopoulos show that he attended meetings with the future president.

SHS says Papadapoulous was basically a volunteer.

Here he is in campaign pic of Trump, Sessions w/ foreign policy team was announced. pic.twitter.com/sZGtxKF2WE

— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) October 30, 2017

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