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Kayleigh McEnany: The Idea of Russian Collusion ‘Has Always Been a Conspiracy Theory’

Today has been a brutal day for Trump world: Former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted, former campaign staffer Rick Gates was indicted, and former policy adviser George Papadopoulos plead guilty after lying to the FBI — which left RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany to play defense and spin.

And spin away she did.

In an appearance on Fox News’ Outnumbered Overtime, the former CNN contributor went head-to-head with DNC vice chair Michael Blake. During the debate, McEnany denied any and all wrongdoing by Trump and his campaign, instead that “the idea of Russian Collusion, which is the target of Robert Mueller’s investigation, “has always been a conspiracy theory” — or a “witch hunt,” as Trump is fond of saying.

Her full defense went as follows:

“This has always been a conspiracy theory, the idea of Russian collusion, and today proved that. In addition to the special counsel investigation, the 31 pages never mention Trump or the campaign or the White House, solely the individual business ties of Paul Manafort. In addition to that, we’ve had nine months of congressional investigation, 100,000 pages of documents, 4,000 pages of transcripts, interviews with the Obama administration and with people on the Trump campaign, they have turned up nothing.”

McEnany went on to call the Mueller probe “an effort to thwart the will of the American people.” She also attempted to downplay Manafort’s role in the campaign by claiming his ties to foreign entities had nothing to do with his work for Trump. As for Papadopoulos, McEnany slammed him as a “character” and was sure to note he was an “unpaid adviser” with “no personal connection” to Trump.

Blake fired back at McEnany’s denials by reminding her that Manafort was the campaign chairman for Trump — not just a lowly staffer — and was still “indicted on conspiracy against the United States.”

“For us to make it seem like that’s a conspiracy theory is pretty ridiculous and disrespectful to the American people,” he added.

Watch above via Fox News.

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