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Kellyanne Conway dismissed the unverified report of Russia having compromising information on Trump as “fake” on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning.
“That’s not even fake news, it’s just fake,” she told co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.
Due to her top-secret clearance still pending, Trump’s former campaign manager and incoming counselor said she couldn’t comment on whether or not Trump had read or reacted to the two-page addendum to the U.S. intelligence report, which contained unsubstantiated accounts of how Russian operatives collected information about Trump’s personal and financial activity during his stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
She did, however, comment on what has been reported on in the media, calling it an “unsubstantiated report from the Internet.”
BuzzFeed published the alleged memos by a former British intelligence official, which contain unverified allegations that Trump took part in unusual sexual behavior.
When Charlie Rose asked her if she is saying everything in the appendix is wrong and fake, Conway backtracked.
“No, what I’m saying is that 35-page report has clearly come from the Internet,” she said. “It’s rife with misspellings, it’s uncorroborated, it’s unsubstantiated.”
She added, “I was very heartened last night to see so many journalists, even those who were actively against Donald Trump all throughout the campaign, really pushing back on the publication of this type of information when we can’t conflate to the American people that this is actually intelligence information.”
She bemoaned that innocent people were dragged through the mud in the 35-page “non-report report,” citing Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, and his alleged secret visit to Prague, despite Cohen’s saying he had never been out of the country during the time period or to Prague ever. “We know people were chasing these rumors for months and couldn’t come up with any verification,” she said.
When Conway said the publication of the report was a “violation of basic journalistic standards,” O’Donnell agreed.
Conway added that it reads like a “grade-B spy novel,”
When speaking to Seth Meyers shortly after the news broke Tuesday, Conway told the Late Night host, “As an American citizen we should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked [this report] to the press.”
Trump also took aim at U.S. intelligence agencies on Twitter early Wednesday, tweeting: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?
Conway said Trump will address the report Wednesday during his preplanned news conference, set to take place at 11 a.m. ET. (Update: Trump addressed the report during the presser, here.)
Watch Conway’s visit on CBS This Morning below.
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