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Let's watch Kellyanne Conway's latest attempt to explain away the Russia investigation

Conway said conversations between the Trump campaign and Russia "never happened," but now moves the goal posts


Matthew Rozsa
July 14, 2017 4:01PM (UTC)

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is having a difficult time spinning her way out of the latest scandal to emerge from President Donald Trump's White House.

"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," Conway told "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning.

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She added, in an attempt to pivot away from the Russia scandal and rehash the 2016 presidential election, "And one of the only people who says that seriously these days is Hillary Clinton and nobody believes it. We know why she lost, it's obvious."

This is a far cry from the standard that Conway established when discussing this issue in December. After being asked on "Face the Nation" whether anyone from Trump's campaign had contacted Russians attempting to meddle in the election, Conway responded, "I discussed that with the president-elect just last night. Those conversations never happened. I hear people saying it like it’s a fact on television. That is just not only inaccurate and false, but it’s dangerous."

The controversy surrounding Trump Jr. involves his open interest in receiving dirt on Clinton from a Russian lawyer who he had been informed was connected to the Russian government.

"Once you’ve said 'I’m in,' it makes no difference that the meeting was a bust, that the intermediary brought no such goods," wrote conservative Charles Krauthammer in the National Review. "What matters is what Donald Jr. thought going into the meeting, as well as Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, who were copied on the correspondence, invited to the meeting, and attended."

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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