Spicer Claims Scandal-Plagued Trump Campaign Chair "Played a Very Limited Role"

Mar 20, 2017 - Mother Jones
Board and Executive Moves

While the directors of the FBI and the NSA were testifying before Congress about Russian meddling in the presidential election, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered some curious spin on the ties between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump.

In a press briefing, Spicer said that Paul Manafort, who performed controversial work for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians from 2007 to 2012, "played a very limited role [on the Trump campaign] for a very limited amount of time."

In fact, Manafort was involved with the campaign from March to August 2016 and served as campaign chairman starting in June, after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired. He resigned in August after the New York Times reported on his ties to Russia. After he resigned, Trump's son Eric called him "amazing," and Trump himself thanked Manafort for "his great work in helping us to get where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention pro...