WH: There's a Difference Between a Meeting and Millions Spent on ‘Fake Information to Actually Influence the Election’

By Melanie Arter | October 31, 2017 | 12:32pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday said there’s a “big difference” between what the Democrats and Hillary Clinton campaign did with Fusion GPS and the Trump campaign taking a meeting during the 2016 election.

“The big difference here is you have a meeting that took place versus millions of dollars being sent to create fake information to actually influence the election. You compare those two, those are apples and oranges,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“What the Clinton campaign did, what the DNC did, was actually exchange money. They took a meeting. Those are far different, and one is pretty common practice in any campaign -- to take a meeting. The other one is actually paying money for false information. That's a big deal and a big difference,” she said.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee reportedly paid for a Rusian dossier on President Donald Trump which included allegations that helped launch the Trump-Russia investigation.

On Monday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates were indicted on criminal charges stemming from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. That same day, it was revealed that former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulous, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

The White House said Monday that Papadopoulous had no official role in the Trump campaign, that he was “a volunteer on the campaign and a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time.”

“The only interaction I'm aware of that deals with this individual was him reaching out and being repeatedly denied. So that's all I can tell you is he asked to do things. He was basically pushed back or not responded to in any way. So any actions that he took would have been on his own and you would have to ask him about those because I can't answer,” Sanders said.

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