Trump lawyer on Papadopoulos: 'There was no crime of collusion'

President Trump’s personal lawyer on Tuesday doubled down on Trump’s claims that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia in the wake of news that a former campaign aide pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians.

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“There's no crime of collusion,” Sekulow said.

According to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, Papadopoulos lied about the timing of his attempts to arrange a meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian woman who he incorrectly thought was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s niece.


Prosecutors detailed months of Papadopoulos’s contacts with Russians, adding that a higher-up campaign official encouraged Papadopoulos to take the meeting himself, though the meeting never took place.

“The charge of what was a violation of the law here was not proposed meetings,” Sekulow said. “The charge of what got George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosInquiry into origins of Russia investigation is a scam Trump accuses Democrats of crime amid rising calls for impeachment Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE in trouble was that he lied to the FBI.”

The special counsel announced Papadopoulos's plea on Monday, as well as an indictment charging former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. The indictment does not mention Manafort's or Gates's work for the Trump campaign.