White House reacts to Russia election investigation

Sean Spicer told reporters that Paul Manafort "played a very limited role" in Trump's presidential campaign despite holding the title of campaign chairman.
2:16 | 03/21/17

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Let's talk to Jonathan Karl right now and, Jonathan, we just heard it there. Double whammy for the white house, blows to the white house credible but the courthouse strategy trying to blow right by it. Reporter: It's really quite incredible, George. You have the top law enforcement officials and top intelligence officials in the country saying that what the president said is simply not correct. That there is no evidence whatsoever to support it. And by standing by it, the white house is actually doing further damage to its credibility. You have the white house press secretary insulting our ally great Britain and going through a series of statements to defend the indefensible by making statements that re at the best most chairably dubious. You got into it with Sean spicer yesterday. Not only with the white house trying to deny contacts in the past but trying to distance themselves from those in the campaign who indeed had the cadges. Let's watch. And then obviously there's been discussion of Paul manafort who played a limited role for a very limited amount of time -- He was the chairman of the campaign. Jonathan, can you stop interrupting? Paul manafort didn't play a limited role. Someone is asking a question. It's not your press briefing. Please calm down. Julie. You were correct, of course, Paul manafort was the chairman before he left in the summer it appears now everybody who had these contacts with Russia whether it was Mike Flynn or Carter page or others is all being sort of set aside shunted ashied by the courthouse. Reporter: Sean spicer called Mike Flynn a volunteer for the campaign. George, as you know, he was the most high-profile national security adviser on the trump campaign. Featured prime time speaker at the convention and as for Paul manafort, he was there for five month, George. As you well know, he was in charge of that campaign. The chairman, the CEO, the person who put together and ran the convention. It's really ex-troird to hear the white house press secretary describe him as somebody with a very limited role. Noise behind you right there. Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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