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Kellyanne Conway: Russia Report 'Just Fake,' Not News

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 January 2017 08:09 AM

Kellyanne Conway Wednesday slammed reports about an unverified memo alleging the Kremlin had gathered compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump and asked why the media wants to "continue to cover fake news and uncorroborated, unsubstantiated reports."

"This is a report from the internet, not from the intelligence community," Conway told ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos of the 35-page report, published in full online.

"I don't even think this is fake news. I think it's just fake. I would take the news word right out of it."

Stephanopoulos asked Conway if she was sure that nobody associated with Trump or the campaign met with Russian officials, and she insisted that she "certainly didn't."

"I wasn't talking to Moscow," said Conway. "I was talking to people in Macomb County, Michigan. That's how we won."

The report accused Trump aide Michael Cohen of traveling to Prague, and Conway said Wednesday Cohen had never been to Prague.

"We looked at his passport. He was at USC with his son meeting with the baseball coach there when this, 'dossier,' very weighty important-sounding word that I would also push back on as an internet report. There's a lot of crap on the internet as we all know and he was in California, not in Moscow, not in Prague," Conway said.

"I mean that alone, dragging through the mud innocent people as a way to add some flourish to what is already an unsubstantiated report is troubling."

There would be no reason for anyone associated with Trump's campaign to meet with Russian officials, she continued.

"It's not how we won this campaign," said Conway. "It had nothing to do with Donald Trump's historic win and, frankly, has nothing to do with why Hillary Clinton lost. Vladimir Putin didn't discourage her from competing in Wisconsin and Michigan.

"Her campaign spent more in Georgia and Arizona than they did in Michigan and Wisconsin. This nonsense from the internet does not bother us."

Further, Trump has made it clear that he has accepted that Russia and others have tried to hack into United States' systems, said Conway, and included China in with his statements "because they've hacked 21 million records of innocent Americans who had their information through the federal government at the Office of Personnel Management.

"Twenty-one million Americans having their personal, private information hacked by the Chinese and I don't remember President [Barack] Obama doing more than slapping them on the wrist."

"What we want everybody to know and accept is there is zero, zero nexus between any alleged attempt to disrupt our democracy and swing the election results and succeeding in doing so," said Conway. "There was no smoking gun. He accepts the conclusion people are hacking all the time."

Conway also accused "a lot of people in the mainstream media" of interfering in the election to try to help Clinton win, and "they too failed," just as Russia "aspired and attempted to influence our democracy and they failed."

There was an "unprecedented deluge of criticism and rumors and innuendos against Donald Trump," by the media, she continued. "There was an active campaign by many in the media against him in his effort to win the presidency. He overcame that and I, frankly, think the media helped us."

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