"What the Clinton campaign did, what the DNC did was actually exchange money, they took a meeting", Sanders said.
On Monday morning, as the country waited for the identity of special counsel Robert Mueller's subpoena recipients to be revealed, President Donald Trump allegedly holed up in his White House residence to wait out the storm.
Dodging the question, she replied: "I'm telling you he was a volunteer member of an advisory council that literally met one time".
Sanders's assertion is at odds with the indictment issued by the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which states Papadopoulos was encouraged to meet with Russian officials by campaign officials.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday afternoon.
The professor, the statement indicates, had "substantial connections to Russian government officials" even though Papadopoulos claimed the professor was "a nothing".
Sanders emphasized that she's "not sure that the president recalls specific details" of a March 31 national security team meeting at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.in which Papadopoulos was present.
Her comments echoed President Trump's tweet earlier in the day in which he called Mr. Papadopoulos "was already proven to be a liar".
"Papadopoulos is an example of someone doing the wrong thing while the campaign was doing the right thing", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
George Papadopoulos, a member of the campaign's foreign policy advisory, pleaded guilty on October 5 for lying to federal officials about his connections to individuals with alleged ties to the Russian government, according to court documents released Monday.
For those of us who saw the demise of the Nixon White House due to the Watergate investigation, it's remarkable to see the similarities with the Trump administration's attempts to fend off the growing evidence of collusion with Russian officials during last year's election.