Although Kellyanne Conway denounced claims that Russia is black mailing Donald Trump, she never denied them.
During an interview Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America,” Trump’s senior advisor claimed the reports were “unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.”
A 35-page dossier was given to both Trump and President Barack Obama and details claims made by an ex-British intelligence officer that Russia has compromising information about the president-elect.
“This is a report from the internet, not from the intelligence community, these 35 pages rife with misspellings completely unverified,” Conway said.
“I don’t even think this is fake news,” she said. “I think it’s just fake. I would take the news word right out of it.”
Conway, however, avoided denying that Trump’s associates have met with Russian officials while he was running for president.
“I certainly didn’t,” Conway said. “I wasn’t talking to Moscow — I was talking to people in Macomb County, Michigan. That’s how we won.”
According to the dossier, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen had a meeting with Russian officials in the Czech Republic in August, a claim both Conway and Cohen deny.
“I was with Michael Cohen last night, and the president-elect and other advisors,” she said. “Michael Cohen has never been to Prague — we looked at his passport. He was at USC with his son, meeting with a baseball coach there, when this quote ‘dossier’ — very weighty, important-sounding word that I would also push back on. It’s an internet report, there’s a lot of crap on the internet, as we all know. He was in California, not in Moscow, not in Prague.”
When ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos questioned her again whether anyone from Trump’s campaign ever met with a Russian official, “That is our understanding, absolutely,” Conway replied. “There would be no reason to, there would be no reason for us to. It’s not how we won this campaign.
“It had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s historic win, and, frankly, it has nothing to do with why Hillary Clinton lost,” she continued. “Vladimir Putin didn’t discourage her from competing more in Wisconsin and Michigan — her campaign spent more money in Georgia and Arizona than they did in Michigan and Wisconsin. That should haunt them, and this nonsense from the internet does not bother us.”