CNN: Tonight on Cuomo Prime Time, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway joined CNN’s Chris Cuomo for a 20-minute conversation and responded to Andrew McCabe's claim that it's "possible" President Trump is a Russian asset. She said of McCabe, “He's a known liar and leaker.”
When Cuomo offered Conway the opportunity to discuss Robert Mueller’s findings when they’re made public, Conway cast doubt on whether or not there is a report: “Let's see if there's a report to even discuss.”
"It's hardly worth dignifying with a response," Conway said of McCabe's claim that the president is a possible Russian asset. "He's a known liar and leaker and he has said to your colleague, Anderson Cooper, earlier today on a different network -- gee, I guess it's possible but I can't say that it's a fact. And why the heck are we talking about it?"
Transcript, via CNN:
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: The president calls it all nonsense. His chief defender is here to make the case.
Senior adviser to the president, Kellyanne Conway, welcome back to PRIME TIME.
KELLYANNE CONWAY, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you.
CUOMO: The idea of the possibility according to Andrew McCabe that this president is compromised and maybe even an asset of Russia -- your response?
CONWAY: It's hardly worth dignifying with a response. He's a known liar and leaker and he has said to your colleague, Anderson Cooper, earlier today on a different network -- gee, I guess it's possible but I can't say that it's a fact. And why the heck are we talking about it?
And why are we imbuing credibility on somebody who the professional responsibility and the inspector general people, an Obama appointee at that, concluded had lied under oath, had acted without candor, compromised the honesty and integrity that we know the 35,000 or so rank and file FBI men and women that go to work every day, Chris, and do their jobs very well, that they possess and he does not?
So, again, we just throw these words out there and then say yes or no. It is completely ridiculous and he knows it. Something that caught my ear --
CUOMO: Well, he wouldn't have started an investigation, Kellyanne, if he knew it.
CONWAY: -- former number two with the FBI, said, oh, no, he may have and here’s why -- no, no, he may have, because just like his former boss Jim Comey, this guy has come out and write books. And then, all of a sudden, they have to announce something to the whole world, grab your hats, you're not going to believe this one. Clutch your pearls.
First of all, if you really feel that way, why do you wait almost two years, in fact, in this case, about two years, to tell everyone? And why does it coincide with a book tour? In fact, the two most explosive things that he tried to wedge in there before the book was even released late last week aren't even in the book.
The silly 25th Amendment nonsense that wasn't real and this stuff about the deputy attorney general wearing -- it's not even in his book and yet, it's part of the book tour. Do you know Olivier Knox who is the head of the White House Correspondents Association --
CONWAY: -- today actually tweeted: well, two controversial, or use a different word, to put in the actual book but really nifty to have as part of your book tour.