tv Kellyanne Conway Speaks to White House Reporters CSPAN March 25, 2019 4:20pm-4:34pm EDT
reporters outside the white house this morning, talking about the mueller report. she called for house intelligence committee chair adam schiff to resign. >> and let me express again, in case it wasn't clear. many of you, but certainly many of others who weren't represented here, have allowed this person as ranking member and now chairman of the intelligence committee, just let a lie fly for two years. literally going out, not under oath, and saying day after day, moment after moment, full of vin and vigor, snark and bark. claiming that it would be bigger than watergate, based on nothing other than the ability to get on the next tv show. so if he wants to be chairman of the intelligence committee, he should get off the tv and go and do his job. but he hasn't been doing that. he has been able to have unfettered access to all of you who some of omelet the lie fly for two years. what you have done to people's
lives, what you have done to the presidency, what you have done to the institution -- not you. i'm not pointing at the media, so don't feel sorry for yourself. you have made a great victim of donald trump here. because the obsession with the 2016 election and the inability to coin a phrase, quote, accept the election results, has placed us perilously close to the 2020 election. i don't care if two democrats run or 100 democrats run. anything times zero still equals zero. so if they have no compelling message, it's still a big zero. that's somebody else's problem. but the idea that this president has been under this cloud, not of his making, by people who simply could not accept how wrong they were about 2016 and that this man may have in our great democracy and this beautiful country that we all are privileged to live in, that he would not have been elected by anything other than fairly and squarely 306 and 304 electoral votes in this country the way we elect our presidents. you let hillary clinton have an
extended tour, let jim comey say whatever he wanted. this liar and leaker who the democrats couldn't stand and then he was the second coming. you really have to reflect, folks. i mean, i don't know how else to say it. i'm here all the time talking, we make ourselves available. the president makes themselves available. i was asked ten times a day on tv in the 2016 elections after that final debate where hillary clinton basically admitted she is for infantcide. i was out six times a day, will he accept the election results. will you? will people who are there for the destruction of donald trump accept the election results in 2016 finally? will these democrats who chair powerful committees. will people in the media who aren't under oath in their anchor chairs, who have wasted all this time, all this money. and you know what really gets me, a very calm, very happy person. i'll tell you what gets my goat. you don't owe me an apology. you owe the country an apology.
and i'm not talking all of you here. i'm talking generally. but let me make very clear to you. it gets my goat we're doing great things in that building behind you and you refuse to cover it, because you had to cover collusion. you had to cover conspiracy and you had to cover the russians, you had to cover treason, impeachment, indictment, you had to cover nonsense. and there are people out there who are relying on you to help us tell them what we're doing for them. the veterans, the drug addicts, the people languishing in prison who have long past paid their deuce dues to society. we have joint custody of this country together for the next six years. and so let's do a better job. shall we? and if i see any of you writing, because i don't read it. i'm not hear to read about myself. people will give it to me, ranting, fuming, put me down as not ranting or fuming. put me down as somebody who is asking you to really reflect. because i did after the 2016 elections, but nobody did. nobody lost their jobs after being so wrong.
>> there are still questions, kellyanne, about the mueller report. this morning one of the president's lawyers said it would be very inappropriate for doj to release the president's written answers. would the white house exert executive privilege to keep those private? is it the white house's position they can exert executive privilege? >> i'll let the president and his attorneys address that directly. i'm a fully recovered attorney. but i will tell you this. i did note something that's not getting much coverage, which is that apparently mr. mueller and mr. rosenstein saw no reason to interview the president. they saw no reason to subpoena the president for live testimony. so, again, those are saying protect mueller -- how many times have i been asked? i'm one little molecule here. how many times have we all been asked? how many times has sarah been asked, sean spicer, donald trump, everybody been asked. will he fire mueller, will he protect mueller? we must protect mueller.
mueller is protected. nobody obstructed the -- >> for months, if not a year-and-a-half, the president talked about how mueller didn't have much credibility. he even called him a liar at one point. >> yeah. he let the mueller investigation continue. he never fired mueller. he never fired rosenstein. he just let it go. in fact, rosenstein stayed on board to see the whole thing through, through barr. >> so you think the report has credibility. >> he told yesterday -- excuse me, last week on the south lawn, let the people see the report. he agrees with the 420-0 vote. but how the report -- how the report comes out is not up to him. you know that, folks. it's up to the attorney general. >> has he spoken to the attorney -- >> we're not going to be the ones who make up government and want to get in the way -- >> does the president owe mueller an apology? >> kellyanne? >> great to see you. i'm sure you're full of questions today. i got answers. >> does he believe it's the obligation of the attorney
general to look into how this investigation was launched and whether there was any conduct suspicious or untoward in the way this was launched? he implied that yesterday before he got on air force one in florida. >> as the president would say, many people are saying that. and the reason they're saying that is, to know how we got to this point, where there is no obstruction. said no obstructive opportunity, no collusion, no conspiracy, which is a word that americans do understand, not the made up word collusion that was let fly all these years. we know how this started. why not. let's see the fisa warrants. let's get all the information from the seventh floor justice at the top, top echelons of fbi. there's people getting their insurance policies, demeaning and did he riding trump voters of which i am one and of whom i will always be protective, the forgotten men or forgotten women, demeaning them, trying to get the insurance policy. not just putting a thumb on the scale of justice -- at justice,
but sitting on the scale. so, sure. let's see it. what is everybody afraid of? we no longer want the truth. we no longer facts first? we no longer want to know what happened? we no longer are trying to protect the institutions? nobody has flinched or winced or felt reluctant for a second. in two years, in $25 million-plus, and 500 witnesses and 13 foreign government requests, does anybody feel embarrassed about that, does anybody spend time speaking about this and not about the many issues? and i have to say, the president's record over the last two years, i'll put it next to the record of any other president. what he's been able to accomplish on behalf of the american people under this cloud is pretty remarkable. so without this cloud, i would say he's just getting started. >> kellyanne -- >> [ inaudible question ]. >> that is really up to the attorney general. you know the protocol here. he said last week, let the people see the report.
but what of the report is issued is not up to the president. it's up to the attorney general barr. and everybody knew that going into this. you can't just abracadabra your way what's in the report and who's ox will be gored next. but this is the nature of a fishing expedition and unverified, as the president would say, hoaxes and witch hunts. you never really know when they're going to end and you never really know what's going to happen next. i'm surprised everybody wants all the information to come out, though. because there certainly are people who have cooperated with the investigation who couldn't stop texting and talking with the media. >> on the issue of obstruction of justice, do you guys wish he had weighed in more fully on that, and how do you kind of reach that conclusion there was no obstruction when it's still sort of an open question? >> well, i read the quotes, no obstructive conduct. so clearly they have concluded
no obstructive conduct. i'll take that. versus the collusion, collusion, watergate, watergate of two years. so i sort of like our odds today. but -- however, the failure to find obstruction means that no obstruction was written into the report. for a reason. but let's not forget where that came from. that came from leaks and accusations. i believe it started with jim comey, leaking to lots of folks, saying that he specifically leaked information hoping that it would draw an investigation. so i know he's out with the red woods or over in geopolitical, geological time. he's doing something aggrandizing himself. but maybe we'll have to hear from him again. maybe he should go get a lawyer. maybe he should be brought in. maybe he shouldn't be given the hero's welcome and phony book tour. maybe he should be asked what happened again under oath. but we'll see. >> kellyanne -- >> you said yesterday people
were unfairly treated in this investigation. >> he's right. >> this conclusion has happened -- is he newly considering any pardons for people like michael flynn, paul manafort? >> i haven't discussed that with him. >> does he see any further justification that maybe that could be justified after this -- after these conclusions were released? >> i haven't discussed that with him? >> do you believe these people should be -- i mean, these charges should be thrown -- >> when i'm president, i'll let you know who i'm pardoning. how is that? >> kellyanne, the president has no problem with the mueller report coming out. and you're saying let the fisa warrants come out. why shouldn't the country be able to see the president's written responses? >> because he was responding to questions that it turns out weren't particularly relevant or important to anything. there's no collusion. no obstructive conduct. no conspiracy. no indictments. no named trump indicted. and so i know you want to keep this. i know lots of folks want to keep this alive and get to the next investigation. but let me say very clearly, the country will see the mueller
investigation where mr. mueller said nothing. director mueller said nothing for two years. they will see that as the fair and full and thorough investigation using their tax dollars, wasting their time, all the stories that were never said. thousands and thousands and thousands of stories about this to the detriment of all of the other news that americans could have used. this is the fair and full investigation that they will regard. so anything now, any other investigation in congress, that can be seen as hyper partisan, politically motivated, gnawing at the same bone. to coin a phrase from the democrats in the late '90s, move on. that's what people will say. >> on friday, the sanctions -- the president tweeted -- we're now finding out they're not going to move forward with any large-scale sanctions against north korea. this happens to be a -- a 180-degree policy. >> there's an answer this weekend. there is a difference between the chinese the day before and then the broader sanctions. kevin, i've got to get to a meeting. >> with regards to that issue of
moving on, shortly after the midterm elections, the president said that he would be willing to work with democrats, but that it couldn't be a dynamic where there is talk of impeachment or a sense of continuing investigations. at what point in terms of whether or not to investigate the investigation, so to speak, would the president be willing to move on entirely when you have house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler calling in b barr. kevin, i'm going to walk in that building and we're going to have meetings from infrastructure, drug care, pricing, you name it, it's done here. trade obviously is ongoing. keeping this unbelievable economy booming. so we're ready. the president tweeted out after a call with speaker pelosi within the last six to eight weeks, i believe it was. you can check it. just hung up the phone with speaker pelosi, and we're going to work together on infrastructure drug pricing and other things, okay? where are they? where are they? they can come here today.
they can called today. we -- and i've seen a number of democrats getting the religion of bipartisanship just overnight. of we need to work together on infrastructure, on drug pricing. a lot of the moderate members who particularly those who won the -- the democrats who won trump districts in 2018, they're very upset. you're starting to see the articles. but we have known for a while, because they tell us directly, very upset with all of the ink and air time you give the extremist freshmen who are in these very safe, liberal districts out there talking about green new deals that cost trillions of dollars and socialism and infanticide and the alleged racist over there. you might get back to that, colluding with his yearbook. focus, folks. focus. and let's focus on issues. but you know what, i'm out here constantly. sarah is at that podium. we have been many places. the president himself. all we have tried to talk about is issues. and you know what you have said to us,