Tapper clashes with Kellyanne over op-ed coward: ‘You just want to know so you can attack him or her …’

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suspects that the “senior” Trump administration official who penned an anti-Trump op-ed in The New York Times this week may perhaps be guilty of far more than just being a “gutless” coward.

She expressed this sentiment while speaking Sunday with CNN host Jake Tapper about President Donald Trump’s demands for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the identity of the anonymous official.

According to Tapper, an investigation would only be appropriate if there were signs of criminal activity, and since there are allegedly no such signs, an investigation wouldn’t be justified. Conway disagreed.

“I don’t know that, and I don’t think you know that. … Anybody who would do this, you don’t know what else they’re saying,” she argued, the point being that there’s no telling what else an official who’s willing to attack the president publicly (albeit anonymously) might be up to.

“But that’s not how investigations are done,” Tapper replied. “You don’t look at somebody’s behavior and say, ‘If somebody did this, which is not illegal, maybe he or she would also have done illegal things.'”

Is that right? What an odd comment to hear from Tapper, given as he has never once espoused similar complaints about special counsel Robert Mueller’s potentially unconstitutional investigation into President Donald Trump over still-unproven allegations of Russian collusion.

Except whereas the only “evidence” against Trump had been a since-debunked dossier that was paid for by the Democrats and chock-a-block with salacious claims, the evidence against the anonymous “senior official” includes his own words.

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the official had written.

How does that not warrant an investigation?

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Learn more about the debunked dossier below:

The White House counselor noted that even if an investigation isn’t launched, the identity of the official will eventually be revealed.

“I think this person is going to suss himself or herself out,” she said. “I think cowards are like criminals. Eventually they confess to the wrong person.”

While this might sound like a reasonable observation to most people, Tapper disagreed.

“One of the reasons why you and the president want to know who it is so you can undermine that person’s credibility. You can’t attack him or her without knowing who it is in the same way you have attacked others critics: James Comey, Omarosa, whoever,” he said.

Comey and Omarosa have credibility? Who knew!?

“This person has already undermined their credibility,” Conway fired back. “I don’t know why they were imbued with the authority, transparency, accountability and credibility everybody gave them, other than they were peddling an anti-Trump message. So they’ve already undermined their credibility.”

And by continually defending the anonymous coward, guess who else just undermined his credibility. Jake Tapper. This is CNN.

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