Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called out Kellyanne Conway for refusing to admit that President Donald Trump‘s campaign benefitted from Russian interference, a finding made clear in the Mueller report released last week.
“Well, you heard another display of alternative facts from Kellyanne Conway today where she could not even acknowledge that the Russians tried to help the Trump campaign and did provide substantial help to the campaign,” Schiff said on ABC News Sunday.
Schiff appeared for an interview directly after Conway, who defended almost every question about the contents of the Mueller report by focusing back on the fact that the report did not result in any criminal indictments against the president.
The California congressman argued that “there is ample evidence of collusion on plain sight” and said that is separate from proof of a criminal conspiracy.
“That’s a distinction that Bob Mueller made within the first few pages of the report,” he said. “In fact, every act that I’ve pointed to as evidence of collusion had now been brought up by the report.”
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Conway, on the other hand, said she believed the report was a complete exoneration of the president in terms of collusion, criminal conspiracy, and obstruction of justice, even though the report specifically said it did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice claims.
“The word exoneration was unnecessary in the Mueller report, and I would say inappropriate,” Conway argued.
Conway did admit that the Russian government had the intent to interfere in the election, but she says it didn’t work.
“They were unsuccessful,” she claimed. “We didn’t need WikiLeaks we had Wisconsin. He won because he was the better the candidate with a better message.”
When ABC News host Martha Raddatz pointed our Conway herself retweeted posts from Russian trolls during the election, she replied, “How would I know that?”