'I'm sure it will go viral': Kellyanne Conway clashes with CNN anchor over Trump's firing of Comey

Chris cuomo kellyanne conwayCNNCNN’s Chris Cuomo grills Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo grilled President Donald Trump’s top counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday over the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview that lasted just under twenty minutes, Cuomo pointed out that the timing suggested Trump was concerned about Comey’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, noting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was involved in firing Comey despite saying he’d recuse himself from matters related to the investigation.

“It seems very, very connected,” Cuomo said.

Conway dismissed Cuomo’s allegation, repeatedly saying that Trump took the advice of the deputy attorney general who was “only on the job for fourteen days.”

“This idea that the FBI has one thing going on and it’s the Russia investigation and the idea that this is somehow Jim Comey Attorney at Law, one person in charge of it — it’s irresponsible to not report to your viewers that many people are involved,” Conway said.

“It’s a huge place and there are many people involved in numerous investigations.”

Cuomo pointed out that Conway wanted the investigation to “be a hoax,” saying that the White House’s claim that the investigation would yield no results was misleading.

“What I want is the truth. That’s all we should all want here,” Cuomo said. “And the idea that you should know the fruit of this investigation this many months in is naive and deceptive,” Cuomo said.

Conway shot back, “I’m sure it will go viral because you used the words ‘naive’ and ‘deceptive.’ People will think you were saying that about me, although you were talking about a state of mind, I’m sure. I know that’s the new thing, to go viral.”

Cuomo continued to press Conway about the timing of Comey’s firing, noting that Trump admitted in a letter on Tuesday that Comey had told him he was not under investigation.

“It is unethical, it is arguably illegal for that to have happened once, let alone three times, and a lot of people who know James Comey can’t believe it would have ever happened,” Cuomo said. “How do you explain that?”

“This whole thing is very simple, you’re trying to make it very complex,” Conway said. This is a president who saw that the FBI director had lost the public confidence, the confidence of Republicans and Democrats. Pull up their tweets, watch their interviews on CNN, they had big problems with Comey when it was expedient for them.”

Though she avoided CNN for over a month before Tuesday, Conway’s interview with Cuomo was her second on the network following Trump’s decision to fire Comey.

As the story enveloped cable news Tuesday evening, Conway and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders were dispatched on television to defend the White House’s move.

Watch the clips via CNN:


Cuomo: Trump was so upset that Comey was unfair to Huma Abedin?

Conway: No, Trump wants an impartial FBI Director https://t.co/jHiZAXmWjX
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 10, 2017

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