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.

Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowHouse Democrats planning to hold hearings regarding Trump's role in hush-money payments: report Trump, RNC sue to block California law requiring release of tax returns Voters sue California over tax return law targeting Trump MORE said on "Good Morning America" that although George Papadopoulos’s guilty plea was related to contact with Russian nationals, the indictment does not actually say that Papadopoulos was being charged for collusion.

“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 PapadopoulosUS attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' 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.