During a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that President Donald Trump’s ex campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had a very “limited role” in the presidential campaign of 2016.
After it was pointed out that several Trump associate, such as Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Flynn, all had connections to Russia during Monday’s House hearings Spicer was questioned about the FBI Director’s admission that there is currently an investigation into whether Russian official colluded with Trump officials to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
“Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things,” Spicer snapped at ABC News Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “There is a point in which you continue to search for something that everybody has been briefed hasn’t seen or found. I think it’s fine to look into it. But at the end of the day, they’re going to come to the same conclusion that everybody else has had. So, you can continue to look for something, but continuing to look for something that doesn’t exist, doesn’t matter.”
Spicer described the Trump officials connected to Russia as “hangers-on on the campaign.”
“There is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role in and people who actually played a role in the campaign and the transition,” he said.
“Even Gen. Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign,” Spicer added. “And there was a discussion of Paul Manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.”
“He was the chairman!” Karl interrupted.
“Can you stop interrupting other people,” Spicer said. “Hey, Jonathan, somebody’s asking a question. It’s not your press briefing. Please calm down.”