Sarah Huckabee Sanders Claims Manafort Pleading Guilty Has Nothing to do With Trump’s 2016 Campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager’s decision to plead guilty to two criminal counts and to cooperate with a probe into Russian election meddling had nothing to do with Trump‘s 2016 victory.

Paul Manafort will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as part of a plea deal, prosecutors told a federal court in Washington on Friday.

“This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. “It is totally unrelated.”

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)