Quantcast
Connect with us

CNN’s Chris Cuomo grills Kellyanne Conway in epic battle over Trump’s dismissal of Russian hacks

Published

on

Kellyanne Conway cast blame in all directions as CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled her on what Donald Trump knew — and when — about Russian interference with the election.

“Did (Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper come out in early October and say we know it was Russia?” Cuomo asked.

Conway deflected by asking what President Barack Obama had said in response, but Cuomo wasn’t having it.

ADVERTISEMENT

“No, no, no,” he said. “What did he say? That’s the question — what’s the answer? What’s the answer? Did Clapper come out in early October and say we know it’s Russia?”

Trump’s former campaign manager, who now serves as a senior advisor, appeared Friday morning on “New Day” ahead of the president-elect’s briefing by intelligence officials, who are expected to identify the Russian officials who fed purloined emails to WikiLeaks.

“Finish the sentence, what is it that we’re trying to know — that Russia is trying to interfere with the election results?” Conway said. “Do you really think that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president?”

Cuomo asked the same question a third time, and Conway changed the subject to reports showing the Democratic National Committee had “rebuffed” the FBI when investigators requested direct access to the party’s servers and data.

“Again, irrelevant — irrelevant,” Cuomo said. “Here’s my question.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“Hey, Chris — if it’s irrelevant, why did CNN report on it?” Conway said.

Cuomo pressed on, asking why the president-elect refuses to acknowledge evidence that the intelligence community agrees shows Russian involvement in the DNC hacking — but Conway threw her boss a pity party.

“Speaking of disparagement, I really believe there are those out there that are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results — and you know it,” she said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Conway blamed Obama and Hillary Clinton for the hacks, saying they were so certain Trump would lose that they didn’t seriously address Clapper’s warnings about Russian interference.

“They politicized it,” Conway said, as Cuomo agreed they deserve shame for downplaying the threat. “They politicized it because they didn’t even understand in America what was going to happen in the election.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Cuomo asked why Conway could not separate her feelings about the election from her acknowledgment of Russian involvement.

“It seems to be motivating the president-elect to disrespect our intelligence agencies,” Cuomo said, citing several examples. “It seems like you can’t divorce these two notions, and it’s creating a really tough situation.”

Conway condescended the CNN host, saying she knew he was very passionate about the topic.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Sure I am,” Cuomo said. “Russia trying to hack during our election being ignored by the president-elect? That’s troubling.”

“No, it’s not,” Conway said, to Cuomo’s astonishment. “You’re just making conclusions up now. Yes, you are.”

She questioned Cuomo’s use of negative words, such as disparagement, to describe Trump’s attitude toward intelligence agencies — but the CNN host said he was quoting Clapper and the president-elect’s own statements.

“I’m trying to put the facts out there, because you’re ducking the obvious — and I don’t know why,” Cuomo said.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I’m not ducking,” Conway said, tucking her chin toward her shoulder. “Hey, Chris — by the way? I’m not ducking a thing. Not my style.”


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

Published

on

As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

Published

on

As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

Published

on

On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image