White House: Manafort's deal has 'nothing to do' with Trump

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly responded to former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJustice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report Justice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE’s plea deal with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE, saying Friday it was “unrelated” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE’s 2016 campaign.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is totally unrelated.”

Manafort pleaded guilty to two charges from Mueller on Friday, and reached a cooperation agreement as part of the deal.

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He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering. 

Trump has often claimed that Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia is a "witch hunt."

The White House has previously said that Mueller's charges against Manafort are unrelated to the Trump campaign or to the president.

Trump last month called Manafort a "good person" after the businessman was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, but told reporters that the convictions had "nothing to do with Russian collusion."

"Doesn’t involve me but I still feel, you know, it’s a very sad thing that happened," the president said at the time. "This has nothing to do [with] what they started out looking for, Russians involved in our campaign. There were none."