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Conway: 'No Evidence of Collusion' With Trump Jr. Meeting

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 09:27 AM

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Monday denied allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, while commenting that Donald Trump Jr. received "no information" that was "meaningful or helpful" while meeting with a Russian attorney days after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

"Everyone is trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence," Conway told ABC "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos, insisting "there's no evidence of collusion."

Over the weekend, the president's son said he met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016, after he'd been offered information that would be helpful to his father's campaign. The meeting, taking place at Trump Tower, also included Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign," Trump Jr. said in a statement received by ABC News.

"I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance.

"We had a meeting in June 2016. After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information," he said.

Conway on Monday backed his account, pointing out that he did not receive information that was helpful and that no action had been taken. She also denied the fact that he agreed to attend the meeting after he was promised damaging information about Clinton was an attempt at collusion.

"Are you saying there's evidence of collusion because everybody is trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence and haven't been able to do that?" Conway, who eventually replaced Manafort as Trump's campaign manager, told Stephanopoulos.

She also pointed out that she didn't think one had to go far, "respectfully," to find "damaging information or negative information about Clinton.

"She was a gusher at all types of negative damaging information," said Conway. "Your own polling showed that a majority of the country doesn't — didn't trust her at the time. She had no honesty and integrity. I didn't have to look far starting the next month to find damaging information."

Conway also defended Trump Jr.'s agreeing to the meeting, telling Stephanopoulos that he was told "that there would be information that may be helpful to the campaign . . . I want to ask you a question, If we're going to keep using the word collusion, where is the evidence of collusion?"

In addition, said Conway, the president's son did not seek the meeting, and did not know with whom he'd be meeting.

"The only information, the only people who had information about Russia meddling in the summer of 2016 did not work in the Trump campaign, they worked in the Obama White House," she argued.

"They were briefed according to The Washington Post about this kind of information, and they did absolutely nothing because they never thought Donald Trump would win."

Conway added that when she became the campaign manager, nobody said they had to turn over "this file of this fabulous [information] there's nothing like that. We were talking to people in Michigan, not Moscow and I think it's important for people to know that. "

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