Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to Stay, for Now
President Donald Trump has “no intention” to dismiss former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of investigating Russian collusion in connection with the 2016 Presidential election, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday.
She said, charges that have been filed against former campaign manager Paul Manafort and deputy manager Rick Gates have have nothing to do with the campaign, during the White House press briefing.
“[Monday’s] announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity,” Sanders said, marking the first comments, beyond a pair of tweets from the president, to come after Manafort and Gates turned themselves in at the FBI’s field office in Washington, DC earlier in the day.
“The real collusion scandal, as we’ve said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Russia,” Ms. Sanders said. “There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president, to influence the election. We’ve been saying since day one there’s been no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion and nothing in the indictment [Monday] changes that at all.”
She said that the guilty plea made by campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to charges he had lied to the FBI about a meeting with Russian agents was connected in any way to the President’s campaign.
“It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign,” Ms. Sanders said. “It has to do with his failure to tell the truth. That doesn’t have anything to do with the campaign or campaign’s activities.”
“Again, no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard,” Ms. Sanders said.
Ms. Sanders said last week she believed Mr. Mueller would be wrapping up his investigation soon, said The Trump Administration still believes that.