Sean Spicer to ABC's Jon Karl: 'Calm Down'

Carlo Allegri  ZUMA

Carlo Allegri ZUMA

Pace had asked about General Michael Flynn's role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, in light of FBI Director James Comey's revelation that his agency was investigating campaign officials' possible ties to Russian Federation.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Monday that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, actually played a "limited role" in the 2016 presidential campaign. Several Trump allies - including Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page - were connected to Russian Federation during Monday's House hearings.

Manafort left the Trump campaign in August amid scrutiny over his ties to pro-Putin politicians, and was named earlier this year as a target of a us probe into Trump and his associates' ties to Russian Federation. "I think it is fine to look into it but at the end of the day, they're going to come to the same conclusion everybody else has had ..." I heard some names floated around before, that were hangers-on around the campaign. "At some point, people that got thrown around at the beginning of this hearing, some of those names, the greatest amount of interaction that they've had is have cease-and-desist letters sent to them".

But Manafort led the Trump campaign through a crucial stretch before being fired in the wake of reports of work he had done work for the Ukrainian government. There have been numerous media reports about Manafort being the subject of an FBI investigation, which he has disputed.

"Even Gen. Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign", Spicer added.

Spicer shot back, "Hey Jonathan, hold on can you stop interrupting other people's questions?"

Karl objected to Spicer's response to the question regarding Paul Manafort's responsibilities during the 2016 campaign.

"Not that I am aware of", Spicer responded.

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