Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was shut down Monday afternoon when she attempted to use a faulty Wall Street Journal story to promote another “scandal” involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Appearing with MSNBC host Steve Kornacki, the Trump spokesperson cited a Wall Street Journal report that inferred collusion — once removed — between Hillary Clinton and the wife of an FBI official running for office.
“Governor Terry McAuliffe giving a half million dollars to the super PAC for a candidate whose husband just happens to be the number three at the FBI in charge of the e-mails?” Conway tossed into the conversation over Donald Trump’s latest speech in Florida.
“Hey, if we’re going to talk about that story, let’s introduce all of the facts, and then let’s talk about it,” Kornacki shot back.
“Because the story here, for the people who didn’t see this, is that there was a candidate for the state senate in Virginia back in 2015, and that candidate was given money by a political action committee that’s controlled by Terry McAuliffe, who was the governor of Virginia,” Kornacki continued. “That candidate’s spouse had a position at the time in this campaign with the FBI, but that position had no oversight role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. It was not until after the campaign was over that that individual was promoted into a position of some authority, of some responsibility for this.”
“So, are you — are you suggesting here that essentially they went — there was sort of foresight on the part of the Clinton campaign to enlist Terry McAuliffe, to ask a political action committee to give money to a candidate whose spouse would months later be placed into a position of partial responsibility over an investigation that at the start of that campaign hadn’t even begun?” the MSNBC host asked.
“At least I got you to spend two or two and a half minutes on it, that we otherwise wouldn’t have –” Conway feebly replied.
Kornacki then went in for the kill.
“You said it’s a big story?” he pressed.”I’m asking you why it’s a big story, because everything I just ran through doesn’t sound like too big of a story to me. It sounds like something if you put it in a headline, it might be rough, but when you put the context out there, it’s different. So, I’m asking you, what is the scandal there?”
Conway then changed the subject to talking about Bill Clinton talking to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an unrelated subject.
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