A senior White House aide went toe-to-toe with an ABC anchor for five minutes on Monday morning, pushing back against an hour-long Sunday night interview with fired FBI director James Comey.
Kellyanne Conway blasted George Stephanopoulos, saying the former Democratic Party operative and White House communications director under Bill Clinton let Comey dunk on President Donald Trump.
‘At the end of your interview, George, he gave a free political commercial, telling people to go out there and vote against the president and his interests,’ she said.
During the ’20/20′ interview the night before, Comey suggested that voters are ‘duty-bound’ to remove the ‘morally unfit’ Trump via the ballot box.
‘Impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook. … People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values,’ Comey said.
But the West Wing saw the former lawman’s spotlight moment as anticlimactic, a White House official said Monday morning, sending just one spokeswoman to battle Stephanopoulos on ‘Good Morning America’ and other news talk shows.
Stephanopoulos corrected Conway twice, beginning when she claimed Comey had ‘wait[ed] until an interview with you, not under oath, and selling a book’ to speak publicly about his decisions that impacted the 2016 election.
‘He answered a lot of those questions under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year,’ the ABC host shot back.
Conway shifted focus and reminded him that the FBI ‘had to correct his testimony,’ referring to a single misspoken statistic in hours of testimony.
The second jab Stephanopoulos landed came in the context of a discussion about a White House meeting in early 2017 where Comey says the president asked him to put a stop to a criminal investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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Source: Daily Mail