‘Who Misled You?’ Stephanopoulos Grills Kellyanne Conway Over Trump Campaign’s Russia Meeting
Kellyanne Conway appeared on Good Morning America Monday to spar with George Stephanopoulos over Donald Trump Jr.’s evolving explanation for his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
Stephanopoulos kicked things off with a video from December of the White House counselor pushing back on charges that members of President Donald Trump’s campaign had contact with Russians, protesting that such communications are often taken as fact.
“It did turn out to be a fact, so who misled you?” Stephanopoulos charged. “And why did Don Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort allow those public denials to stand for so many months?”
Conway said that some of the disclosure forms “have been amended since that time and to reflect other meetings including this one,” adding that in the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “no information was received that was meaningful or helpful and no action was taken.”
“But, Kellyanne, by his own admission he sought the meeting, he agreed to the meeting because she was promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton,” Stephanopoulos asked. “Isn’t that at minimum an attempt at collusion?”
Conway responded that many commentators have noted there is not yet evidence of any collusion, but Stephanopoulos reminded her that was before Don Jr. changed his story and “admitted that he sought the meeting to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.”
“Are you saying there’s evidence of collusion because everybody is trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence and haven’t been able to do that,” Conway said, before bashing Clinton as untrustworthy, running a bad campaign, and a “gusher at all types of negative damaging information.”
“You’re changing the subject here,” Stephanopoulos interjected. “Why did the administration allow these denials to stand for so many months?”
Conway said that the statements have been amended, adding that no damaging information was exchanged during the meeting. “No meaningful information was received, no action was taken,” she said.
“The information was sought from the campaign, and those denials were allowed to stand for many months,” an exasperated Stephanopoulos replied. “That’s the bottom line.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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