Kellyanne Conway Says Few People Believe Collusion Allegations - Story Lacks "Hard Evidence"

Despite “infinite investigations,” no proof has emerged that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence last year’s election, according to Kellyanne Conway.

Politico reported that the White House counselor claimed Friday that “the goal posts have been moved” in the controversy. “I mean, we were promised systemic, hard evidence of systemic, sustained, furtive collusion that not only interfered with our election process but indeed dictated the electoral outcome,” she told Fox News on Friday. “And one of the only people who says that seriously these days is still Hillary Clinton, and nobody believes it. We know why she lost. It’s obvious.”

Conway has been making the rounds on television news shows in recent days, repeating the president’s contention that investigations by congressional committees and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller amount to a “witch hunt” against Trump and his associates. She defended Donald Trump Jr., who recently admitted he met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin. The woman promised to provide damaging information about Clinton, though Trump Jr. says she had nothing to offer. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, and Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign manager at the time, also attended the meeting.

Politico noted that the revelation about Trump’s eldest son indicates the president has been wrong in insisting that no one in his campaign worked with the Russian government to defeat Clinton. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered last summer’s cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The Russian leader also may have been responsible for some of the “fake news” about Clinton that appeared on social media during the White House race, as well as the hacking of U.S. voter-registration systems. Mueller and lawmakers want to know whether the Trump campaign colluded in those efforts. They also are looking into the possibility that the president obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey in an attempt to stop the bureau’s probe of election tampering.

Conway, who became the campaign manager when Manafort was forced to step down because of his Russian connections, argued that Trump Jr. did not have to consult with the lawyer to obtain incriminating details concerning the Democratic candidate. “You know, when I needed negative information about Hillary Clinton, I didn’t have to go very far,” the counselor said. “I looked at Hillary Clinton. She was a treasure trove. She was like a treasure box of negative Hillary information with arms and legs.”

Conway maintained that Trump Jr.’s meeting was nothing more than “opposition research.” The aide pointed out that “many meetings end up as a bust that aren’t particularly meaningful, consequential or helpful.” She added: “So, again, what kind of money are we going to spend by the taxpayers having these infinite investigations, and there are many of them? If we’re going to do that, fine, I suppose; but we really need to spend our time, also, telling people what’s being done here for them.”

Source: Politico, MSNBC
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