Trump tweets 'no collusion!' as White House, Democrats react to Russia probe charges

The president tweeted that there was "no collusion."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also said Trump has no intention of firing Mueller.

"The president said last week, and I said several times before, there is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel," Sanders told ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. "Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president and nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity."

Sanders also downplayed the role of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators.

Papadopoulos' role in the campaign "was extremely limited," Sanders said. "It was a volunteer position."

"The president hired Paul Manafort to handle the delegate process, which he did and he was dismissed not too long after that," she said.

Sanders said the White House has received indications that the investigation will be concluded "soon."

Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates were indicted Monday morning on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, and serving as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal.

Congressional Democrats reacted to news of the charges Monday by demanding Mueller's investigation be allowed to continue without interruption.

Others reacted in statements of their own and on Twitter.

The special counsel’s probe is ongoing in a serious way. The rule of law is paramount in America & the investigation must proceed unimpeded. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 30, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 30, 2017

Special counsel Mueller must be able to continue his investigation without interference from @POTUS or his administration. #FollowTheFacts

— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) October 30, 2017

The indictments of Paul Manafort & Rick Gates underscore need for an outside indpt commission to #FollowTheFacts. https://t.co/FNsocZ0JFB

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) October 30, 2017

Congress must take action now to protect the independence of the Special Counsel wherever or however high his investigation may lead. https://t.co/gZcwspX7HQ

— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) October 30, 2017

Manafort joined Trump’s presidential campaign in early 2016, serving as campaign manager from June until his resignation in August of that year.

.@realDonaldTrump must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way.

Special counsel Mueller must be able to continue his investigation without interference from @POTUS or his administration. #FollowTheFacts

— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) October 30, 2017

The indictments of Paul Manafort & Rick Gates underscore need for an outside indpt commission to #FollowTheFacts. https://t.co/FNsocZ0JFB

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) October 30, 2017

Congress must take action now to protect the independence of the Special Counsel wherever or however high his investigation may lead. https://t.co/gZcwspX7HQ

— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) October 30, 2017

Manafort joined Trump’s presidential campaign in early 2016, serving as campaign manager from June until his resignation in August of that year.