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Conway: Earnest's Claims About Trump, Russia 'Breathtaking'

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 09:04 AM

It was "breathtaking" to hear White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claim President-elect Donald Trump had prior knowledge of the Kremlin's hack and leak strategy for the 2016 presidential election, Trump transition team senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.

"That is just remarkable," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," after the show played a recording of Earnest's statement. "That is breathtaking. That is disappointing to hear from the podium of the White House secretary. I guess he's auditioning to be a political pundit.

"He essentially stated that the president-elect had knowledge of this, maybe even fanned the flames. It's incredibly irresponsible and I wonder if his boss, President [Barack] Obama, agrees."

Earnest said Wednesday there was "ample evidence" long before the election, and in many cases before October, showing Trump's involvement, including the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent," CNN reported.

Obama himself told "The Daily Show" Monday the Russian involvement was not a secret before the election, and Trump "in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, hack Hillary's emails so we can finally find out what's going on and confirm our conspiracy theories."

When reminded of Obama's comments, Conway also called his reaction "unfortunate."

"He also said this is a fair and free election," she told the Fox News program. "He congratulated the president-elect and conceded the election results, as did Secretary [Hillary] Clinton. We should be talking about what we know, not what we don't know."

And what is known, she continued, is Clinton "selfishly set up a private server that put us all at risk."

"When you are talking about hacking into emails, why have we left behind the piece of evidence that's right in front of us?" Conway said. "What are people going to say? 'Oh, we already investigated that. We already know everything about that.' Do we?"

Clinton "got this party started," she continued, "but I think coming from the podium and basically trying to re-litigate a political campaign when the president-elect and president and senior staff are trying to work very closely to have a peaceful transition of power with a month to go, I find it unfortunate."

Conway also pointed out Americans should recognize many of the stories coming out are from "unsourced, unnamed quotes flying around from folks who are leaking from previous intelligence committee briefings or other entities, and what I don't like is they just draw this direct nexus the possibility of hacking and the election results. That's not right."

Clinton's campaign, meanwhile, was not talking about the possibility that Russia was interfering, but instead "they were talking about what they were were going to do in the West Wing," Conway said.

She predicted there will be a backlash to the push to blame Russia, just like other plays that were made during the campaign.

"People were told this is what's important to you," Conway said. "'Stare at this. This issue is critical to your vote. This is going to win the election,' and people rejected it."

The election was decided, Conway said, because of some "very simple truths," including voters wanting Obamacare to be repealed and replaced, 25 million more jobs being created, and a renewed focus on developing the nation's energy resources.

"People respond to specific solutions and messages," Conway said. "They are going to see this as a continuation of the permanent campaign of people who can't get over themselves, their bad prediction frankly, and the fact they wanted a different result. They started this with her server."

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