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Fact Check: Trump Ignores Dates on Indictment

Trump misstated the reach of the indictment against his former campaign chairman

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    Russia Probe: Manafort, Deputy Hit With 12-Charge Indictment

    Top Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates surrendered to authorities on Monday. Both face 12 charges, including conspiracy to launder money, failure to register as a foreign agent and more. (Published Monday, Oct. 30, 2017)

    President Donald Trump misstated the reach of the indictment against his former campaign chairman Monday, claiming it deals with activities "years ago," before he was running for president. Actually, some of the criminal behavior alleged in the charges is as recent as the early days of his presidency.

    The White House went on defense with the unsealing of charges against Paul Manafort and his associate, as well as the revelation that a Trump campaign adviser had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Trump and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to divert attention to Democrats' attempts to dig up dirt on Trump while playing down the significance of criminal charges against ex-associates of the president.

    A look at some of their statements:

    TRUMP tweet: "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign."

    White House Responds to Campaign Staff Indictments, Plea

    [NATL] White House Responds to Campaign Staff Indictments, Plea

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday sought to distance the White House from the indictments of top presidential campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and the guilty plea of campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 30, 2017)

    THE FACTS: Not true, according to the indictment.

    Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are charged with criminal activities that go back to 2006 but extend to February of this year. The charges do not refer to Manafort's activities with the campaign but rather accuse him of laundering money and conspiratorial acts before, during and after he ran the campaign.

    Manafort and Gates face 12 counts, which do deal largely with activities from 2006 to 2015, before Manafort joined the campaign in March 2016.

    But both are charged with conspiring together and with others to knowingly and intentionally defraud and commit crimes against the U.S. from 2006 to this year.

    And both are charged with conspiring together to make false statements and conceal crimes against the U.S., and to causing others to do so, from November 2016 to February 2017.

    The indictment alleges that Manafort and Gates acted as unregistered agents of Ukraine's former pro-Russia leader, government and party from 2006 to 2015. The indictment says that "from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, MANAFORT and GATES laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts."

    Manafort was hired in late March 2016 as the campaign's manager for the Republican convention in July. He was promoted to campaign chairman in mid-May, after he had essentially assumed control, then pushed out Aug. 19 when questions intensified about his lobbying for Ukraine interests.

    This indictment is the first to emerge from the broad investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. It does not go to the heart of that matter.

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    SANDERS: "Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, hasnothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity." — briefing Monday

    THE FACTS: It's true that Trump himself isn't wrapped up in the charges, but a campaign adviser is.

    It was revealed Monday that George Papadopoulos, who advised the campaign on foreign policy, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian professor who has close ties to the Russian government.

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    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump's former confidante Omarosa Manigault Newman releasing another secret tape as Trump's legal team threatened the special counsel in the Russia investigation.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    Papadopoulos had told the FBI that his interactions with the professor, who promised "dirt" on Trump's presidential rival Hillary Clinton, came before he joined the campaign. In fact, Papadopoulos was already an adviser to the Trump campaign when he met the professor in mid-March 2016 and interacted with him after, according to the court statement unsealed Monday.

    That was the first criminal count that cites interactions between someone attached to the Trump campaign and Russian intermediaries.

    Sanders said Papadopoulos' work for the campaign was "extremely limited. It was a volunteer position."

    Yet investigators said in the document that his position was significant to those who wanted to pass on information helpful to the campaign. The allegations unsealed Monday in connection with the former adviser's guilty plea state "the professor only took interest in defendant PAPADOPOULOS because of his status with the Campaign."

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    SANDERS: "What the Clinton campaign did, what the DNC did was actually exchange money .... actually paying money for false information." — briefing

    'Late Night’: A Closer Look at Omarosa Claim About Hacked Emails

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: A Closer Look at Omarosa Claim About Hacked Emails

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Omarosa Manigault Newman's claim that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the Democratic emails Russia hacked during the 2016 campaign.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018)

    THE FACTS: She is right that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party hired a firm that came up with sensational allegations about Trump's connections to Russia. The material is unverified. That doesn't necessarily mean it's false.