Spicer Claims Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Only Played “Very Limited Role” In Campaign [VIDEO]

Politico reports:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tried to downplay scrutiny into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia on Monday by describing Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, as someone “who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the effort.

Asked at Monday’s press briefing if President Donald Trump stands by his earlier comments that he is not aware of any contacts between his campaign associates and Russia, Spicer acknowledged former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s previous relationship with the country, but described him as a “volunteer of the campaign.”

And then, understating the role of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Spicer added: “There has been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.” Manafort ran Trump’s campaign for several months last year before he resigned in August, while he was facing scrutiny for his ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

  • bkmn
  • fuzzybits

    It doesn’t take that long to do massive amounts of damage.

  • The House Intelligence committee hearing is not going well at all for Donald & his gang of traitors.

    GOPers seem at time inclined to defend, but it seems haphazard and weak. Dems are really taking the opportunity to make the case.

    Live feed on NYT, probably elsewhere.

    • Todd20036

      about damned time.

    • I’m loving Rep. Heck right now.

    • The_Wretched

      Why can’t the Dem. Senators figure out they need to make the case against Gorsuch?

    • Butch

      My impression was that the GOP are so desperate to change the subject that they’re almost comical, they’re flailing so badly. Let’s not talk about possible connections to Russia, let’s talk about some low-level leaks!

      • Aye. Dems keep dragging it back to specifics.

  • Butch

    Dear courtier press: How long before you realize that these press briefings are nothing but a waste of time and quit attending?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      What did they teach you, or should have taught you, in J-school?

    • Paula Key

      Russia played a limited role in the campaign.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Yes the fucking campaign manager played a limited role lol. And the press moralizes these LIES

    • Campaign chairman, slightly different role… but yeah, Manafort WAS the campaign early on.

      • clay

        Yep. The campaign manager got fired, too, for saying something about sexual misconduct among high-ranking campaign workers, no?

  • JoeMyGod
  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT, but WTF is happening in America? Apparently it is now legal to commit 1st Degree Murder without being charged.

    Rundle Won’t Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death
    Rainey died inside that shower. He was found crumpled on the floor. When his body was pulled out, nurses said burns covered 90 percent of his body. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer. And his skin fell off at the touch.

    • Robert Conner

      They’re just getting started.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      On top of the unspeakable horror of how this man died, how can the water in a prison be hot enough to do this kind of damage unless it is intentionally allowed to permit torture?

      I would think that ‘hot’ water in a prison would be lukewarm at best, to save on heating costs.

      Trump will talk about the gory deaths committed by ISIS to help inflame his base (and gin up Islamophobia) but won’t speak of the atrocities committed on POC in this country.

      • Niblet58

        Apparently the guards had it rigged to be able to scald or freeze an inmate at their leisure. The water is hot probably because they use it to clean the linens.
        We don’t use hot water for laundry and our water heater is set very low mainly so no one scalds themselves, but it also saves a bucket of cash on your electric or gas bill.

      • clay

        Institutions generally have a single boiler system which must raise the water temperature to at least 180F for sanitation in the kitchen and laundry.

      • TuuxKabin

        So true.

    • halfwaythere

      I.Am.Appalled. And heartbroken.

    • William

      Is Rundle blind, deaf and stupid?

      “The evidence does not show that Rainey’s well-being was grossly disregarded by the correctional staff.’’

    • Daveed_WOW

      I don’t even know what to say.

  • JoeMyGod
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    • DesertSun59

      This Tweet is so brilliant that it won an award all by itself.

      • Paula Key

        Noah played a limited role in the flood!

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  • Rex

    Kinda like my penis plays a very limited role in my sex life.

  • Leo

    O/T: Meanwhile, this story just struck the UK about an hour ago:

    Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the Guardian can reveal: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/20/british-banks-handled-vast-sums-of-laundered-russian-money

    • The_Wretched

      All that money had to go somewhere after The Vatican Bank was forced to stop and DeutscheBank got caughter doing the same (that’s the same branch that did business with Donny when noone else in the world would).

  • geoffalnutt

    And Trump has played “a very limited role” as President, that’s certain.

  • Tawreos

    Scientists need to find a way to harness all this bullshit and turn it into electricity. This administration could power the entire damn planet.

  • JoeMyGod
  • Jeffg166

    He only got Putin’s Vice President pick made.

  • Stev84

    They call him Baghdad Sean for a reason

  • Megrim Twist
  • Robert Conner
  • TheManicMechanic

    In other news, the Sun played a “very limited” role for a “very limited period of time” today.

    • clay

      Happy Equinox, everyone!

      • pj

        i thought the ides of march got extended.

  • JT

    Spicer Claims Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Only Played “Very Limited Role” In Campaign

    Yeah, it was only a little bit treasonous.

    • Treant

      Is that like being a little bit pregnant?

    • Gerry Fisher

      Just a smidge.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Why would any leader bother talking to this administration? They are just liars.

  • Lazycrockett


  • JT

    Lock them up! Lock them all up! Traitors all!

  • Well now, that was interesting. I didn’t catch the entire House Intel committee hearing, but what I did see until being adjourned now was the polar opposite of ‘helpful’ to the administration & Donald.

    The White House was knocked on the defensive Monday ahead of its biggest week yet on Capitol Hill as F.B.I. Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an active investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including whether there was any coordination with now-President Donald Trump’s team.

    The dramatic revelation, made at a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, dragged the Trump administration yet again back into uncomfortable territory just as they had hoped to highlight the smooth rollout of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who began his confirmation hearings across the Capitol on Monday.

    In another blow to Trump, Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers also publicly refuted his unsubstantiated claims on Twitter that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower phones. The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had said last week that Trump’s allegations were untrue.


    • NYT headline: “F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms.”

      The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the F.B.I. is investigating whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

      Mr. Comey’s remarks before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that “Russia is fake news” that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency. Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said agents would pursue it “no matter how long that takes.”

      Mr. Comey also dismissed Mr. Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor during the campaign, a sensational but unfounded accusation that has served as a distraction in the public debate over Russian election interference.


      • Paula Key

        Is this a subversive GOP way to get rid of Trump and replace him with Pence? Pressure placed on Cormey?

  • TJay229
  • BobSF_94117

    Yeah, and Bannon’s just a guy who hangs out on the corner outside and occasionally comes inside with free donuts and coffee for the WH staff…

  • Southeast PDXer

    Shouldn’t we be able to dig through the FEC filings for the Trump campaign and find just how much Manafort was paid? Isn’t that supposed to be public information?

    • Miji

      Only what the “campaign” paid him. The rest probably went straight from Moscow to the Cayman Islands.

      • Southeast PDXer

        That’s what I’m getting at. How can a campaign manager play just a limited role? He had control of everything, and should have been paid as such. But so far all I’m finding in the FEC filings are August and September payouts in the low 4 figures.

  • GayOldLady

    Manafort was Strump’s campaign from March, 2016 until August 18, 2016. In other words he was the campaign manager almost the entire campaign. Lying bastard.

    • BobSF_94117

      Only during the time the GOP platform section on Russia policy was modified.

      What a coincidence…

    • Chuck in NYC

      And, during that time, his Eastern European connections did not pass unnoticed on this board, nor did the fact that he sounded like the cliche of a mafia henchman from The Sopranos.

      • GayOldLady

        You’re right. We pegged him early on as being a link to Putin and the Kremlin.

    • clay

      Spicer claimed that doesn’t count because he was gone by the time the general campaign started after the RNC.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Spicy was in a coma for nearly A WHOLE YEAR! So leave him alone!


      • GayOldLady

        Spicy is still in a coma.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Half a year. Totally insignificant! Nothing to see here!!!

  • Hank

    Spicer added: “There has been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.”

    Да мой командир (Yes my Commander)

  • Eventually he’ll be saying the same thing about Trump.

    • danolgb

      After Trump resigns/gets impeached, he will claim he never was president.

  • RoFaWh

    Careful there, Spicer, or the orange asshole’s reputation for being a liar will rub off on you. (It already has, but it will get even worse.)

  • Thorn Spike

    My, what a cool liar you are, Spice Boy.

  • ETownCanuck

    I eyeroll so hard everytime either he or Kelly-Anne Conjob start to speak that this is what happens to me. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b38546f6b83736b8bc4c0f0dc7795dd0da567a6d9aa76c4de37f8c2ea9c719d.gif

    • The_Wretched

      Demon possession? Self-Strangulation goat?

  • dcurlee

    “I have to think it through”…..gotta get my lie straight

  • PeteLI

    Oh my God the lies.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Paul Manfort makes me think of Vampire Weekend

  • Tiger Quinn

    He was the god damned campaign manager for five months.

  • Halou

    Sooner or later he will say that Donald Trump himself plays a very limited role in the current government, and that wouldn’t even be a lie.

  • TexasBoy

    Impeach or prosecute this entire administration, all of them, every single one.

    • Halou

      Half of them are in on the conspiracy, the other half may as well give up now and send in their resignations because their association to Trump is only going to get more and more toxic as time goes on.

  • NZArtist

    If Donald Trump has close ties to Russia, doesn’t that mean Spicer is committing treason by colluding with Donald Trump?

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      As an accessory, most def.

  • clay

    . . . and he really didn’t like it when reporters fact-checked that on the spot.
    By this time next month, I imagine the reporters “checking” of Spicer will remind us of hockey games.

  • The CAMPAIGN MANAGER only played a limited role in the campaign.

    And Saddam Hussein was making weapons of mass destruction.
    And if you google “Google” you’ll break the internet.
    And green M&M’s make you horny.
    And Sean Spicer isn’t an arrogant little shit who thinks he can constantly tell lies and we’ll all simply believe him.

  • Bob Conti

    Touching down on the runway plays a limited role during one’s flight.

    • Paula Key

      Handing out free coffee and cold drinks.

  • david fairfield

    Sean Spicer, the hallmark of honesty and integrity. His face says it all, he doesn’t believe a word he is saying, but THINKS he is convincing others, hence the smartass grins and attitude problem. He apparently has no problem going down in history as a LIAR to the American people. Good.

    • Paula Key

      I think he is aware that others are not buying his liars, but what can they do with words that are so subjective, like “limited role” – “volunteer”? With this admin it is a case of not ‘catch us if you can,’ but when you catch us, what can you do about it? Spicer is earning big bucks – when the ship sinks, Spicer will come up for air. Then, there will be the talk shows, and the excuses and ‘the book’ of how I was a victim of power and pressure and maybe, I was sneaking leaks to the media towards the end of Trump’s admin. Cut one head off Spicer and Conway and more will grow.

      • david fairfield

        I agree with most of what you say for sure. But the very words that you point out…limited role etc. he is using these to change the dynamic in the minds of the media and I believe he believes he is accomplishing this. When he pushes back with things like “that’s not what I said” (it is) I think he is convinced he has sold his goods. That said, he might think he will write a “tell all” about being duped by all of them, and he may well write it…but based on his continued daily lying bs, I doubt anyone will be interested in wasting their time reading it. Too little too late I think. It’s so predictable that no-one will care. My two cents anyway…

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    How much heroin does it take him to get through each day?

  • Gerry Fisher

    “He committed sedition, betraying is country for cash, for only a few months.”

  • andrew

    Donald Trump, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway: Liar, Liar and Liar. The three are a national disgrace.

  • thatotherjean

    I’ve been watching politics for all of my adult life–a bit more than 50 years, now–and I don’t believe I’ve ever heard the role of anybody’s Campaign Manager described as “very limited,” until now.

    • Gianni

      Right? He was the ‘Campaign Manager’ which to me means he oversaw and guided the show. Unless his time there was incredibly short, like maybe a four or five days, it couldn’t be described as “very limited”.

      • thatotherjean

        It wasn’t all that short. He joined the campaign in March, managed the Republican Convention, took over as Campaign Manager in June, when Lewandowski was ousted, and was fired in August. Not “very limited” at all.

  • DesertSun59

    45’s press secretary is now the longest running joke in this admin. NOTHING that man says – either 45 or Spicer – can be trusted. NOTHING.

    • coram nobis

      I wonder if Baghdad Bob is available?

      • Gianni

        At least Baghdad Bob was funny to watch denying they were losing as the bombs exploded in the city behind him.

        • coram nobis

          I’m sure the press was taking bets on when two or three Marines would enter the room and carry him off. He’d probably still be claiming this was a sign of their imminent defeat.

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