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LIVE: White House Holds Press Briefing After Manafort Indictment

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to answer questions at around 1 PM EST.

by VICE Staff
Oct 30 2017, 5:58pm

Photo via AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to take questions from the media following the indictment of Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates on 12 counts of corruption.

As part of his ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, special counsel Robert Mueller charged Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman, and Gates with "conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principle, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts." Both Manafort and Gates have turned themselves into the FBI.

While the charges against Manafort and Gates stem from activity that occurred before Manafort ran Trump's campaign, the unsealed indictment also revealed new information about a former campaign adviser named George Papadopoulos. In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making "material false statements and material omissions" to the FBI about a meeting he tried to set up between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. He was reportedly questioned in January and arrested in July.

President Trump weighed in on the indictment on Monday with a pair of tweets that denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to answer lingering questions about the probe and the indictment at 1 PM Monday afternoon. Check out the White House livestream above.

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