White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to a question from CNN's Jim Acosta about the role George Papadopoulos played in the 2016 Trump campaign. Papadopoulos pled guilty in October to charges of lying to an FBI agent with regard to "the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials."
CNN reports: Who is George Papadopoulos?
QUESTION: Sarah, how can you describe Papadopoulos as having a limited role when there's -- there's a photograph of Mr. Papadopoulos sitting at a table with then-Candidate Trump--
SANDERS: He has thousands of photographs with millions of people, so.
QUESTION: And he was also cited by then-Candidate Trump in a meeting with the Washington Post as to who his top foreign policy advisers are. That seems to fight against what you're saying.
And also, how is it not collusion when George Papadopoulos is in contact with various people who are promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, a series of events that closely mirrors what occurred with the president's own son?
SANDERS: This individual was on a...
QUESTION: He made contact with Russians in -- in pursuit of information that was damaging about the Clintons. How is all that not collusion?
SANDERS: Look, this individual was a member of a volunteer advisory council that met one time over the course of a year and he was part of a list that was read out in the Washington Post. I'd hardly call that some sort of regular adviser or, as you want to, you know, push that he's like a senior member of the staff.
He was not paid by the campaign. He was a volunteer on a -- again, on a council that met once.
QUESTION: The collusion activity, Sarah, he was -- he was pursuing information from the Russians...
SANDERS: Again, he was a volunteer.
That's something you need to ask him. I'm not here to speak on behalf of the -- you know, thousands of people that may have volunteered on the campaign.