In a sharp segment on MSNBC Monday, reporter Katy Tur refused to let Trump supporter John Sununu blame her for focusing on “distractions,” reminding the former N.H. governor that he’s the one who made inappropriate comments about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s sex life.
At a N.H. rally Friday, Sununu joked about the Bill Clinton’s sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, asking the audience if they “think Bill was referring to Hillary when he said, ‘I did not have sex with that woman?’”
Towards the end of her interview with the former N.H governor, Tur noted the “many low moments” of the 2016 presidential campaign before asking Sununu about his comments. As the conversation became more combative, Tur rebuffed his attempts to blame her for focusing on distractions:
Sununu: I’m not even gonna go there.
Tur: Do you regret getting into that on the stump for Trump?
Sununu: I do regret that I did not focus on this culture of corruption issue.
Tur: This whole campaign’s been marked by distractions, it seems—
Sununu: It shouldn’t be, why do you ask questions on distractions?
Tur: You said it, sir.
Sununu: Why don’t you ask me why I believe there’s a culture on corruption?
Tur: Why don’t you focus on a culture of corruption instead of coming out suggesting something untoward about the marriage of the opponents?
Earlier in the interview, Sununu and Tur sparred over the investigation of Clinton’s email, with the former N.H. governor accusing Tur of pleading Clinton’s case for her.
Explaining why he said—without evidence—that FBI director James Comey was “pressured” into not pressing charges against Clinton, Sununu repeated the familiar Trump campaign talking point that the FBI couldn’t have reviewed 650,000 emails in one week. He also insisted the FBI did not close the case, they merely decided they are “not going to indict at this point.”
“‘At this point’ implies that they may indict further down the line,” Tur countered. “Why do you believe that there is an indictment coming where all of the evidence that’s been put out there so far suggests that they are not looking at an indictment; the FBI [director] has said repeatedly now he will not recommend any charges be brought against her.”
“You really try to plead her case very strongly don’t you?” Sununu asked.
Watch the interview below, via MSNBC: