White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had a clear message for the author of the “blowhard” whistleblower complaint against President Trump.
Conway slammed the anonymous “leaker” who raised alarm over Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying directly that “I hope you’re watching” during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
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Though she didn’t necessarily label the whistleblower or the sources of the leaks in the White House as “spies,” Conway was clear about her view.
“Do you believe the whistleblower is a spy, does the White House look at him — or her — that way?” Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked the counselor to the president on Thursday.
“The whistleblower is someone who does not have firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Conway responded.
“I don’t consider them to be spies, but anybody who leaks conversations that are classified or are of national security sensitivity ought not to be working in the government — whoever you are — and I hope you’re watching, whoever you are,” she added.
Audio obtained by the Los Angeles Times of comments made by Trump at a private event at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York on Thursday reveals he called out the whistleblower as being “close to a spy.”
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said, according to the L.A. Times.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he added. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
The declassified version of the whistleblower complaint was released Thursday and claimed that the information about the phone call was received from “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge.”
Conway denounced the responsible parties during her Fox News appearance, noting the violation of job duties and responsibilities.
“You have the public’s trust and you’re a public servant entrusted with top-secret and confidential information,” she said, adding that the person behind the complaint is “more blowhard than whistleblower.”
“President Trump continues his democratization of information,” she said, defending the president and his choice to release the transcript of the innocuous phone call which, Conway reiterated, showed nothing suspicious.
“And let me tell all the viewers what’s not in that transcript,” she continued. “No mention of the 2020 presidential race, no mention of aid to Ukraine, no mention of Joe Biden as some worthy political opponent — give me a break!”
“We don’t need Ukraine to help beat Joe Biden or any of the rest of them any more than we needed Russia to beat Hillary Clinton,” Conway added. “These candidates are a disaster all their own.”
She continued to defend Trump against accusations that his remarks to the Ukrainian leader could be interpreted as a call for help in dealing with a potential reelection rival.
“I think that’s totally unfair. Joe Biden is ruining Joe Biden,” Conway asserted, adding that Trump’s call with Zelensky was focused on congratulations for winning his country’s election and on “draining the swamp” by eliminating and investigating corruption, some of which may involve the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden.
“Just because you don’t like the president and you didn’t vote for him and you have no idea how to beat him next time, that’s not high crimes and misdemeanors,” Conway concluded. “That’s just hate and that’s just a lack of political savvy.”
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