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Media is 'obsessed' with Russian Federation probe, but Americans don't care: White House

Paul Manafort advisor to Donald Trump is seen on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio

Sanders claimed that Papadopoulos was unpaid and asserted that his activities were considered "unofficial".

Both the Manafort charges and the Papadopoulos case are part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the foreign power to win the election.

"Which I think that shows, one, his level of importance in the campaign and two, what little role he had within coordinating anything officially for the campaign", she said, repeating her attempts to minimize Papadopoulos' role in the President's campaign, which she said was "extremely limited".

"He was a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time", Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon during the White House press briefing. "We've been saying from day one there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all".

Three people have been indicted - the first charges in the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Manafort, Mr. Trump's former campaign manager, along with his business partner, Rick Gates, face a dozen federal counts including money-laundering and conspiracy.

"The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russian Federation".

Without citing a source or potential end date, Sanders said that the Trump administration believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation will end in the near future.

Throughout the briefing, Sanders continued to distance the Trump campaign from the activities of Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos. A lot of them took place well before the campaign ever even existed.

"We believe that it will be concluded soon", she said.