Kellyanne Conway Rips Campaigns That Seek Oppo Research From ‘Foreign Nationals’
The White House counselor might want to have a chat with Donald Trump Jr.
Kellyanne Conway bashed political campaigns on Monday that “dig around with foreign nationals” to uncover dirt on their opponents. But three months ago, reports revealed President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign did just that.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” the White House counselor accused Hillary Clinton’s campaign of directly financing a secret dossier containing so far unverified allegations about Trump’s connections to Russia.
When asked by Fox News’ Steve Doocy whether Trump’s campaign had financed opposition research during the 2016 election, Conway faltered.
“Uh, so that’s very typical,” Conway said. “But let me just tell you something: You usually get that from publicly available information. You don’t go and dig around with foreign nationals.”
Conway appeared to have forgotten all about that June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between several members of Trump’s campaign and a Russian lawyer with ties to Kremlin officials.
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., set up the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya under the impression he would receive damning information about Clinton.
The younger Trump was told in an email from a “trusted intermediary” that Veselnitskaya would provide documents that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” The information promised to be “very high level” and “part of Russia and its government’s support” of his father, the emailed noted.