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    Three Trump Associates Charged in Russia Investigation

    They’re just the first. The White House is taking steps to distance itself from the three indicted men, representing former adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, as having an “extremely limited” role in Trump’s campaign. Calling Papadopoulos a “liar,” President Donald Trump also seized on the fact that the charges against campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates weren’t collusion, but conspiracy and money laundering. Both pleaded not guilty. But Papadopoulos’ plea indicates he’s been cooperating with investigators for months, and insiders expect more indictments are coming.

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