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 ManafortHillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — Officials warn of threat from Chinese spying | China blamed for Marriott hack | Trump open to intervening in Huawei case | FCC mulls ending merger ban on 'Big Four' networks | California floats tax on texts The Hill's 12:30 Report — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on B for wall Dem senator on Trump-Russia: No evidence yet ‘in terms of criminal collusion’ MORE’s plea deal with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, saying Friday it was “unrelated” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' 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."