The White House Downplayed George Papadopoulos’ Role. Here’s What the Indictment Actually Said

The White House portrayed a campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI Monday as a volunteer with an “extremely limited role,” but the plea entered in court detailed contacts with a high-level campaign official.

Speaking during the daily press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to downplay the role that former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos played in the campaign.

“It was a volunteer position, and … no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign,” she said, noting that the foreign policy advisory committee he belonged to only met one time.

According to court documents, Papadopoulos emailed with a “high-ranking campaign official” during the summer of 2016 about an “off the record”…

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