Kellyanne Conway accused MSNBC broadcasters of lying about collusion by the Trump campaign in a freewheeling and combative appearance on the network.
The White House senior adviser insisted that President Donald Trump had cooperated fully with special counsel Robert Mueller, and said his report had ultimately cleared him and his associates of wrongdoing — but she said House Democrats and the media were trying to redo the investigation to obtain different results.
“I’ll point you back to when the Mueller report first came out, journalists like you were asking us, well, when will you move on, how long will you keep on sort of preening and saying there is nothing in the Mueller report other than what we have already known?” Conway said. “Yet it’s them who are in Congress trying to do a do-over of a report that is the authoritative, definitive, conclusive and final word on what was investigated. It was meant to be investigating collusion by a foreign government in a campaign that I ran to a successful end, and we already, as a nation, have spent 22 months and tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money.”
MSNBC’s Kristen Welker pointed out that Mueller had cited Congress as the ultimate authority in any investigation of the chief executive, and she asked why the White House would not cooperate in congressional oversight.
“As you know, many of those documents are privileged,” Conway claimed. “I want your viewers to recognize the facts there. Many of these documents are privileged, so they will not be turned over willy-nilly. The other thing is, I have to slightly disagree with the characterization that Director Mueller directed Congress to take it up.”
Welker reminded her that Mueller explicitly cited Congress in his report — and Conway accused MSNBC of misrepresenting the report’s findings.
“I read the report,” Conway said. “He cites many things in his report, including that there was no collusion, despite the fact that your network said it many times every single day for many years, respectfully. One thing in the report that is important to note is the job of the special counsel is to refer an indictment or decline a referral on indictment — that is it.”
“Words like exoneration is really not appropriate responsibility,” she added. “When you said that the Congress has an oversight responsibility, oversight is different from overreach, and you’re yet to point out to me, as is anyone else, what would be new in these investigations. What would be new in this testimony other than what we’ve already seen in the actual Mueller report. People were worried for very many months — you’re going to fire Mueller and we need to protect Mueller and the president is interfering.”
Welker then corrected Conway on her claims about MSNBC broadcasters.
“Just to be clear, no one here ever came to any determination about what may or may not have been in the Mueller report,” Welker said.
“I think some of your talking heads have, yes,” Conway said.
Welker then tried to pin her down on the issue of executive privilege.
“Let me just stay on topic here and just be very clear, because you talked about those privileged documents,” she said. “Can we take that as confirmation that the White House will be in communication with (the Department of Justice) about what documents are turned over and whether they may be subject to executive privilege as it relates to that deal that was struck between (Rep. Jerry) Nadler and DOJ?”
“No, I will not confirm that,” Conway said. “But I would remind you that the president has said many times as have we who speak on his behalf that executive privilege is an option on the table.”
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.
Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: