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Kellyanne Conway: 'Looks Like There Was Informant' in Trump Campaign

By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:43 AM

More than a year into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, there is one thing that's known "crisply and significantly," and that's that the Trump campaign "may in fact have been surveilled," presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.

"It looks like there was an informant there," Conway told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

"I think those who have been digging and conjecturing over a year should be careful what they wish for."

Conway came on the show just after the president posted a tweet about National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy's earlier comments that there was "probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign," with Trump proclaiming that if true "This is bigger than Watergate!"

The tweet was removed and reposted later to correct the spelling of one of the words.

Trump also tweeted that the nation is now into the second year "of the greatest witch hunt in American history" and that the only collusion was done by Democrats who were not able to win the election.

"The president is own best communications director," said Conway. "I often encourage him to interface with the public directly. I glad he does that through his vast social media reach and platforms. It is democratization."

The tweets show Trump is thinking about the current state of play, she added, and as Trump likes to say, "we'll see what happens. We'll see what the facts may reveal."

Conway said that the person involved in the surveillance should have instead been listening to the Trump campaign's digital strategy, or to her.

"Maybe they should have been listening to me six or seven times a day, why we're going back to Pennsylvania," said Conway. "Why the president was headed to places like Wisconsin, and Michigan and places he won, Republicans hadn't won in a very long time."

Trump and his team have cooperated with the investigation, she added.

"Everybody has turned over the documents," Conway said. "They have been in to visit the special counsel. They have been up on Capitol Hill sharing information. You see release of transcripts yesterday from some testimony. People are cooperative."

She also said Trump is not letting the probe distract him.

"I sat in the Senate Republican lunch two days ago, you heard senator after senator, tell this president he is the most successful president in their lifetimes, in 16 months of tax cuts and regulatory reductions and getting close to making, making conversations if not deals with North Korea and South Korea."

It has been about seven weeks since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea, she added.

"This president's leadership helps hostages come home and some other great things happen."

Conway went on to deny that she knows either former Trump campaign aides Carter Page or George Papadopoulos, while commeingin on a New York Times article on Wednesday saying a government informant met with them.

"It looks like they had some very tangential involvement with the campaign earlier on," said Conway, who joined the campaign herself during the summer of 2015.

"Maybe this happened then but I think that is very important to note which is, when the campaign team and structure changed and expanded in August, due to the president making his own decisions then," said Conway, noting she was hired that August.

"We were out every day, we were very transparent with our strategy," she said. "President trump was doing six or seven big speeches a day toward the end. You know where he was."

Conway also commented on next month's planned summit in North Korea, saying Trump has made it clear from the beginning that the meeting will go on if conditions are right, but that he also could walk away.

"It is not just up to President Trump," she said. "He is ready to go on June 12. It is up to North Korea and I suppose South Korea what you're doing together. I saw this morning North Korea put out a statement, they have a problem with South Korea's leadership. We'll continue to monitor that."

Conway also commented earlier this week that there could be changes in the White House over a series of leaks.

"People leaking last week were clearly doing that to hurt the people the targets of those leaks," she said. "There is 99.8% of the information we know, some of us know in this place that never gets leaked of."

"That is so much most of what goes on here what is known to us is not known to people on the outside and I think that is incredibly important to note also," she said. "Think about the things that did not leak. The first lady's procedure earlier this week. Thank God she's fine. Mr. Pompeo going to North Korea over Easter. The guests, the first lady's guests at State of the Union."

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