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. He was indicted earlier this month for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but that indictment was announced just today. The plea details his conversations with campaign officials in trying to set up a meeting between Russian nationals with someone in the Trump campaign-though it's not clear Papadopoulos was ever successful or even taken very seriously by his superiors.
Sanders downplayed Papadopolous' role within the campaign, saying the indictment is over his "failure to tell the truth", not campaign activities.
She responded that he was a campaign volunteer who played a minimal role.
Papadopoulos was one of five people announced to be part of Trump's foreign policy team in March of past year.
CNN has fact-checked the Trump administration in the past on its chyron. MS. SANDERS: It was extremely limited; it was a volunteer position.
United States to Pakistan: Act against terrorists or we will
However, he added that Pakistan's side conveyed that Pakistan's influence on Afghan Taliban has been reduced which is diminishing gradually, as they have been relocated.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday afternoon.
The Press Secretary also repeated Trump's current favourite go-to line, that the real investigation should be about Hillary Clinton, Uranium One and the pee dossier. According to the plea statement, following his July 27, 2017 arrest, Papadopoulos "met with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions".
"Chief of Staff John Kelly said this special counsel investigation has been very distracting for the president". The press secretary said the White House does think it will wrap up soon because the "facts are on our side". The provision preventing government-funded sex reassignment surgery will remain in place as the order moves through the courts. Sanders also commented on his case.
"This is something just announced", she said.