Court documents released Monday showed that Papadopoulos lied to federal agents about his contacts with a professor whom he knew had substantial links to the Russian government.
Sanders would not comment on whether Mr. Trump regrets hiring certain members of the campaign, including former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates, who were both indicted Monday morning on 12 separate counts, including conspiracy against the United States.
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.More news: Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz out indefinitely because of right shoulder
"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity", she said.
However, Papadopoulos was not taken up on his offer, and no meeting between Trump and Putin occurred during the campaign.
"The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Russian Federation", she said.More news: Time PM Modi introspects ills of demonetisation, quits: Congress
Another one of CNN's fact checks sought to clarify what George Papadopoulos's role was on Trump's presidential campaign.
"It has to do with his failure to tell the truth".
Mrs. Sanders said that the Trump campaign has always fully cooperated with the investigation, including turning over all of Mr. Papadopoulos's emails. She continued that "no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard". 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". The press secretary said the White House does think it will wrap up soon because the "facts are on our side". And he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post.More news: New Study Shows Link Between Gut Bacteria And Breast Cancer