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Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, said that President Donald Trump needs to stop commenting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation because recent developments prove there was collaboration between at least one person associated with his campaign and Russia.

George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

Papadopoulos was charged with willfully and knowingly making false statements to FBI agents regarding “the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to court documents.

Additionally, Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on Monday on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money.

Trump has since slammed the Manafort indictment as irrelevant to the Russia probe and called for an investigation into "Crooked Hillary" Clinton.

"President Trump needs to stop lying to the American people and stop saying that there was no collaboration [with Russia]. There was by somebody. And he needs to acknowledge that," Painter said.  

He added that Trump should stop tweeting about Russia and Mueller's investigation, and instead focus on his legislative agenda.

"And for golly's sake, stop talking about Hillary Clinton. She's a loser. She lost the election. We don't want to hear about Hillary Clinton and made-up stories about uranium. That's already been investigated," Painter said. "If he does his job, I think that he might very well be able to get through this. He's got to stop meddling with this."

He said Trump and his team could actually "make this a lot worse" by continuing to talk and tweet about the ongoing investigation.

"I think [White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders] should just say, 'No comment.' That's the way we handled this type of thing in the Bush administration: 'No comment on a pending investigation.'"

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