The White House downplayed former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos's role during the 2016 election on Monday, calling his involvement “extremely limited.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Papadopoulos's role in the Trump campaign “extremely limited” during Monday's press briefing, adding that he worked in a “volunteer position.”
“No activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard,” Sanders added.
It was revealed on Monday that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to giving false statements to FBI officials as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Papadopoulos contacted Russia for help and sought to open communication lines to the Kremlin, according to Mueller's investigation.
Multiple Trump campaign sources have told IJR that they were unaware of Papadopoulos, and that his role must have been limited.
Sanders acknowledged Monday that Papadopoulos did reach out to Russia while working on the campaign, but noted that “nothing happened” as a result of his inquiries.
Sanders also argued Papadopoulos's ineffective dealings with Russia show “his level of importance in the campaign” and “what little role he had within coordinating anything officially.”
Watch Sanders's comments below, via Fox News.