White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said the American people should feel good about the Mueller report as it clears the president of collusion allegations.
Conway gave a brief statement to a group of reporters outside the White House, initially reminding them of how high their respective networks have talked up Mueller, his investigation and how Democrat lawmakers needed to do everything they could to protect him.
“All of you who have been talking about how wonderful the Mueller team was and how important it was to protect Mueller, how important it was to protect the investigation, and how important it was to protect the Deputy Attorney General—this report makes it very clear that this White House and this president—none of us—got in their way; never interfered or refused to comply with a request,” Conway asserted.
“Lots of us went over there to testify,” she continued, “and many documents were produced and the Department of Justice has made very clear that every request that they issued we actually responded to and fulfilled.”
“That should make people feel very good about democracy and it should make them feel really great that a campaign that I managed to a successful end did not collude with any Russians,” Conway said.
The White House counsel added: “We’re accepting apologies today too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them”
Conway’s comments included a swipe at Trump’s opponent in the 2016 presidential election. The former campaign senior aide and later campaign manager said she did not have to rely on international help to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“When I needed to find information on Hillary Clinton and how to beat her, I looked no further than Hillary Clinton,” Conway told a group of reporters in Washington D.C.
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Fox News reports Conway also echoed her calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign. Schiff has pushed the Russia-collusion since its inception.
“Not only should he resign, he should also produce the evidence that he said he has,” she said. Conway seemed to refer to Schiff’s recent claim that “significant evidence of collusion” existed.
“If he has evidence of collusion that somehow the special counsel couldn’t find over 22 months and $35 million of our money, I want Adam Schiff to produce that,” Conway said. “He ought to put up or shut up.”
Schiff, Conway charged, took part in a “political proctology exam” that ultimately yielded a “clean bill of health” for the president.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders similarly said that White House officials and Trump campaign associates were “not found on anything,” ABC News reports.
ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Sanders why the Trump Administration was peddling that there was no obstruction if Special Counsel Mueller said he did not reach a decision.
Sanders admitted Mueller could not, but “he left that decision to the attorney general and he made it.”
Sanders said the Mueller investigation was “supposed to determine whether or not the president or anyone on his campaign had colluded with Russia. Not only did they determine that the president hadn’t and that his campaign didn’t, they determined no American had colluded with Russia.”
“I find it astonishing that the media isn’t thrilled that no American colluded with a foreign government,” the White House press secretary continued. “You watched over the last 24 and 48 hours how members of the Democrat Party and their liberal media allies were almost sorrowful that something bad didn’t happen.”