Kellyanne Conway After Tapper Grills Her on Why Op-ed is Illegal: ‘I Have No Idea’


While President Donald Trump has demanded an investigation into the anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed alleging a resistance effort within the White House, his counselor had a tough time explaining why a probe was even warranted.

During a State of the Union interview Sunday, Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper the Department of Justice could look into the matter “if there is criminal activity perhaps.” However, when Tapper pointed out that there didn’t seem to be anything illegal at play, Conway contended that no one really knew for sure.

“I don’t know that and I don’t think you know that,” she said.

Asked what crime had been committed, Conway again gave a vague response.

“It depends on what else has been divulged by an individual,” she said.

Noting that no sensitive information was leaked in the editorial, Tapper again waited for Conway’s explanation.

“Anybody who would do this you don’t know what else they’re saying,” Conway argued. “But there is a difference between administrative action as I understand it and criminal action.”

Prompted yet again to identify what laws had been broken, Conway acknowledged she didn’t really know.

“I have no idea,” she told Tapper. “Let’s not look at the four corners of the op-ed or the four corners of someone’s book to say this is everything we know. That’s the entire point.”

The op-ed, published last week by a writer known only to the Times who has “vowed to thwart parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations,” has become a source of frustration for the president, who has been unable find out whom it is.

“I think this person is going to suss himself or herself out,” Conway said. “I think cowards are like criminals. Eventually they confess to the wrong person.”

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