Spicer Claims Scandal-Plagued Trump Campaign Chair "Played a Very Limited Role"

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that intelligence and law enforcement agencies were still investigating potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

While the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NSA were testifying before Congress about Russian meddling in the presidential election, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered some curious spin on the ties between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump. It's not your press briefing. Speaking Monday, Spicer also tried to put distance between the White House and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"There is a point at which you continue to search for something that everybody has been briefed has not seen or found", Spicer said.

Manafort left the Trump campaign in August amid scrutiny over his ties to pro-Putin politicians, and was named earlier this year as a target of a us probe into Trump and his associates' ties to Russian Federation.

"The greatest interaction they had with the campaign was the campaign sending them a series of cease and desist letters", Spicer said.

But Manafort led the Trump campaign through a crucial stretch before being fired in the wake of reports of work he had done work for the Ukrainian government.

"Can you stop interrupting other people", Spicer replied. "And there was a discussion of Paul Manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time".

"Even Gen. Flynn was a volunteer", Spicer said.

Pressed later in the briefing on how Manafort could have only had a "limited" role in a campaign that he managed, Spicer focused on the gap between Manafort's exit and the general election.

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