Laura Ingraham: Indictments in Russia probe are a ‘nothing burger’

Laura Ingraham: Indictments in Russia probe are a ‘nothing burger’
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Monday that the indictments made in the special counsel's Russia probe are a “nothing burger.”

Ingraham, whose new show, "The Ingraham Angle," premieres Monday night, said that the indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates do not indicate collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE’s presidential campaign and Russia.

“The idea that this is a bad day for Trump because it in anyway alludes to a collusion with Russia — you’ve got to be living on another planet if you think that. It’s just not what this is about,” Ingraham said on her radio show. “As far as a smoking gun that in any way casts aspersions on Donald Trump, it’s a nothing burger.”

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The phrase “nothing burger” gained popularity in the political vernacular this summer when it was used as a talking point in discussing Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyers. 

The charges against Manafort and Gates, which include “conspiracy against the United States,” deal largely with alleged money laundering related to Manafort’s work for a Kremlin-backed political party in Ukraine. The indictment does not mention the Trump campaign or the president.

Another indictment unsealed Monday revealed that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians.