During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was pressed on the recent Associated Press report detailing Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s work to push a pro-Putin agenda for the Russian government.
While acknowledging his role was a bit more expansive than he had previously described, Spicer still seemed to downplay Manafort’s association with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, stating that the former campaign chief’s main job was “counting delegates” and that he was a “former advisor.”
The press sec then went on to dismiss Manfort’s business dealings by highlighting how long ago they occurred while simultaneously invoking Hillary Clinton and her allies.
“Last year, not last decade, Tony Podesta lobbied against sanctions of Russia’s largest bank,” Spicer said. “And John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, sat on the board of a Russian-based energy company.”
He went on to bring up Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State approving a uranium deal for Russia and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, accepting a speaking fee from a bank connected to that deal. Spicer added that the “Clintons had much more extensive ties” to Russia than Manafort.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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