Kellyanne Conway denied that Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was designed to derail the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“It’s not a cover-up,” Conway said during an interview with CNN. “You want this to be about Russia when this is about quote restoring integrity at the FBI.”
Conway backed up her statement by citing Trump’s dismissal letter to Comey, which claimed that the director informed the president on three separate occasions he was not the target of the probe.
Those conversations have not previously been disclosed and have not been independently confirmed by Comey or the FBI.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper peppered Conway with questions about Trump administration letters justifying Comey’s firing, which centered on his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
When Cooper pointed out Trump repeatedly used Comey’s judgment to impugn Clinton, Conway responded, “I think you’re looking at the wrong set of facts here.
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