Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday morning to react to George Stephanopoulos’ interview with former FBI director James Comey. Conway said Comey is an admitted leaker who “loves to be in the proximity of power.” She said the interview was a “free political commercial” telling people “to go out there and vote against the president and his interests.”
Conway asked if Comey felt like saving the country, why did he write a book that wasn’t oath. She said the notes Comey made after the infamous Trump meeting about ‘loyalty’ were for his book and not work reasons. She called his version of events a “revisionist” view of history.
Conway said Department of Justice officials, past and present, believed he should have resigned.
“Mr. Comey admitted to you that he allowed polling and politics to influence his decision is it much why Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General in a scathing memo on May 9th and others, other former Attorneys General had called for Mr. Comey to step aside because they felt like he can no longer hold up the values of the FBI,” Conway said.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We saw a lot from the president on Twitter before the James Comey interview. Did you watch last night? What’s his reaction?
KELLYANNE CONWAY, WHITE HOUSE: I spoke with the president before the interview and the president reminded me that Jim Comey said publicly that he felt nervous before he met the president, admitted that to you.
What we don’t understand is why if you’re going to meet the president of the United States, the president-elect, you’re not saying, my ticker list is I’ve got to tell him about the Russian interference, I must tell him about the investigations that are ongoing. Instead, he takes time to talk about the size of his hands and length of his tie. That’s really gutter and the fact that Mr. Comey admitted to you that he allowed polling and politics to influence his decision is it much why Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General in a scathing memo on May 9th and others, other former Attorneys General had called for Mr. Comey to step aside because they felt like he can no longer hold up the values of the FBI.
He admitted to you he purposely leaked information to a friend so that it would get into the media and trigger a special counsel. This guy swung an election. He thought the wrong person would win. His people in his household wanted the other person to win and now 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.
I think he struggled to answer basic questions and he looked a little shaky. He also — I really was very struck that when he was meeting with the president it’s three very limited meetings with the president of the United States, I thought to myself, you waited two months as the FBI director to go and meet with the president-elect and then you waited nearly a year to tell the country what was on your mind. If he felt like he was saving the country rather than selling books why did he wait for an interview with you not under oath and selling a book not under oath?
STEPHANOPOULOS: He actually answered a lot of those questions under other to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year as well as —
CONWAY: And then they had to correct his testimony — they had to correct his testimony. They said there were hundreds of thousands of confidential emails on Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner’s server and the FBI had to immediately correct his testimony that there were a handful.
He’s an admitted leaker and I think what really strikes people last night is when you have — we have a private audience with the president, you should use that time to discuss major law enforcement, counterterrorism issues of the day. Instead, it sounds like he’s taking notes for a future book.