Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway went onto NBC’s Today on Tuesday to try to sweep the Michael Flynn scandal under the rug — but host Matt Lauer wouldn’t let her get away with it.
On Monday afternoon, Conway insisted publicly that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had the full confidence of President Donald Trump, despite the fact that Flynn would be forced to resign from his position mere hours later.
While being interviewed by Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning, Conway tried to claim that Flynn really did have Trump’s full confidence right up until Monday evening, when it became apparent that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian officials about American sanctions.
“I think misleading the vice president really was the key here,” Conway told Lauer. “I spoke with the president this morning, and he asked me to speak on his behalf, and to reiterate that Mike Flynn had resigned. He decided that this situation had become unsustainable for him.”
Lauer, however, refused to let this statement slide.
“You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the White House knew about that last month when the Justice Department warned the White House that… Gen. Flynn had not been completely honest in characterizing that conversation with the Russian ambassador,” he countered.
Conway replied that Flynn had retained the full confidence of the president throughout this ordeal until Monday night, when “obviously the situation had become unsustainable.”
“Kellyanne, that makes no sense!” Lauer shot back. “Last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that Gen. Flynn had mislead them!”
Check out the full clip below.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 14, 2017
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There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.
"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."
White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report
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"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."
Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true
President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.
MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.
"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.