White House advisor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s denials that he knew about illegal hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 election.
Conway appeared on CNN and meandered through a series of non-answers when asked why Trump initially lied about knowing about the payments. Conway insisted Trump learned of the payments in April and said:
“The President said he never directed Cohen to break the law.”
Trump’s prison-bound former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and AMI’s David Pecker have since told investigators that Trump instructed them to violate campaign finance laws to keep the affairs he had with Daniels and McDougal quiet ahead of the election.
Watch Conway and Cuomo below:
Trump was at the illegal hush money meeting, source says
CNN's @ChrisCuomo: "Pecker said he was at the meeting. Cohen said he knew about it and the tape says that, why deny it?"
Kellyanne Conway: "…The President said he never directed Cohen to break the law." pic.twitter.com/q3lx73sj6B
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) December 14, 2018
Following her stint on CNN, Conway’s husband George, an attorney, took to Twitter to seemingly contradict his wife’s argument.
“Given that Trump has repeatedly lied about the Daniels and McDougal payments,” wrote Conway, “and given that he lies about virtually everything else, to the point that his own former personal lawyer described him as a “f****ing liar”—why should we take his word over that of federal prosecutors?”
Given that Trump has repeatedly lied about the Daniels and McDougal payments—and given that he lies about virtually everything else, to the point that his own former personal lawyer described him as a “f****ing liar”—why should we take his word over that of federal prosecutors?
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 14, 2018
Conway’s tweets are always a hit, but oh to be a fly on the wall in that house.
George!!!!! For the win!!!! This has been the best most unexpected twist in this whole shit show! Keep tweeting!
— Cara is very legal and very cool (@CaraOriel) December 14, 2018
You & your wife are the best subplot of season 2.
— 💙💙JUSTICE💙💙 (@TracyGambleCats) December 14, 2018
Is this your version of foreplay?
— Barry Kaplan (@kapbak) December 14, 2018
Wow dinner time at your house must be on fire.
— RitzyRitz (@RitzyRitz247) December 14, 2018
Audience of one. @KellyannePolls
— Rick Mylectum (@rickmylectum) December 14, 2018
I'm at the point where I think this is a fetish for the two of you.
— Richard M. Mixin' (@raratimmar) December 14, 2018
Also on Friday, Conway published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he explains why the payments made to Daniels and McDougal constitute breaches of campaign finance laws.