tv White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Mueller Report CSPAN April 18, 2019 1:53pm-2:08pm EDT
jeopardizing ongoing litigation and classified information." jennifer jacobs with a statement that just came out, "as we continue to review the report, one thing is clear, attorney general barr prevented a -- presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while the mueller report undercuts that finding." our all day coverage. our next live event is at 2:30 eastern, the news conference with the chair of the judiciary committee, to: 30 eastern. let us show you the impromptu news conference that wrapped up in the white house driveway with kellyanne conway. kellyanne: hey everyone. it is the best day since he got elected. a medical exam when the president was not cleared on obstruction? kellyanne: the attorney general
and the deputy attorney general said that they found no basis for obstruction. this is the mueller report, mueller investigation, all of you who have been talking about how wonderful the mueller team and how important it was to protect mueller, how important it was to protect the investigation and the deputy attorney general. that report makes clear that this white house and president, and none of us got in their way, never interfered, never received -- refused to comply with a request. a lot of people testified, and many documents were produced. the department of justice made clear that every request that was issued was responded to and fulfilled. that should make people feel good about democracy and feel great that a campaign that i managed to act successful end got to -- did not collude with russians. we accept apologies for -- with anyone with the grace to offer them.
when i needed to find negative information about hillary clinton and how to beat her, i looked new york -- no further than hillary clinton. clear that the obstruction of justice did not stake was that a lot of people around the president did not do what he asked him. kellyanne: i will tell you if the president asked me to break the dog i would -- make a law, i would walk out the door. that fort to say is all of the conversation about what he did and did not ask somebody to do, he has mount about jeff sessions' recusal. attorney general for 18 months after that. the president has the right to fire any of us. he showed that by firing jim comey. he collude fired -- he could've filed -- could have fired mueller. kellyanne: the report said that he tried to do so. >> intent should matter. intent has never mattered.
was there intent to collude or to -- intent to conspire, was there an intent to steal the election from hillary clinton, the intent matters. the intention was not to do that. yount matters, and i know want to carry one line here or there because the big lie that you let fly for two years is over. i guess people want to investigate in congress and waste their time and not listen to people to people like nancy pelosi, let us not impeach and let us talk about kitchen table issues. i present to you the document that shows that the democrat's successes. hello. this is the sex -- the sex -- suspect -- success of the democrats in congress. you, thereld ask were moments mentioned in the mobile report where there were
contacts between the trump campaign and associates and russian operatives and so on. what happen following that is that we got false information about those contacts from the campaign and people at the white house, and from the press secretary. the question is, is there any requested for passing on -- passing on false information and contacts in these conversations that went on. kellyanne: about whom? >> for example -- kellyanne: i have yet to meet some of these people. i do not think i met george papadopoulos. >> the trump tower meeting involving the president's son and son-in-law. kellyanne: total or -- total exoneration. notice -- nobody in the media is under oath. all these people who sit on tv all day. you are here working hard, and people are on your network saying things. adam schiff, where's the quote "
ample evidence of collusion?" where is the evidence of a? >> why were we originally told of -- a bogus story about that about russian adoptions? kellyanne: that is primarily -- i read the quotes in the "new york times" article. i just read all of that. that, and iall of read the entire section where there is an exchange. he says primarily we discussed. he said that there are some bf's -- some bs stuff and we went right by it. it is not true. the truth is in the report, and don jr. is exonerated. sr. is exonerated. you have to start covering issues that americans say our important. health care, the educate -- education, the economy.
we have a lot to solve in this country. i said to you 2.5 years ago, i said that we will have joint custody of this custody -- of this country for four to eight years. we have got to find a way to manage joint custody. we have to be honest with the american people. >> getting back to the comment. >> has president trump expressed concerns that he thought his presidency was going to come to an end. kellyanne: i was surprised to see that. i was surprised to see that because that was not the reaction of the president that day when i was there. there were words that the president is coated on where he does not use those words. i am not sure, you can ask people about that. i will tell you that he has never once on the campaign, that i think we should resign or run anymore. i will go back to my happy life
and make billions of dollars, he has never said that during the campaign and i have been on his side on the campaign and here. he has never expressed that his presidency is over. i know that was the minute -- the wish of many people, but for some reason you give a lot of airtime and thanks to. they promised collusion who swore there would be criminal conspiracy and whisper in the ears of people like me that my colleagues and members of the trump family would be indicted by the grand jury and would be taken to prison. that is the only disgrace, people whispering in our years about that. honestly, that is -- it is time to move on. the president is in a great mood. what is important is that democracy in the world's greatest country flourishes. you do not need to collude with a foreign government or get information from wikileaks. you do elections fairly and squarely. president -- do you think
the president would like robert mueller to testify? kellyanne: why are they asking for robert mueller to testify? this is the investigation, the report, and redactions in coordination with the deputy -- with the attorney general. they can call him to testify. the country has the right to ask when you will adjust late and not investigate. is it oversight, or overreach. you want to call mr. mueller to testify, call him to testify. the burden is on those who will not let go of this big lie to prove why they are continuing it in a different form. we have had the mother investigation. kimo -- do you know how many asked,e was as -- i was will he fire rosenstein, will fire mueller. none of that happened. if you read the report, total
compliance until exoneration. pointre's the president's by point rebuttal that rudy giuliani said was coming out? kellyanne: his greatest rebuttal will be that he will remain in office and get reelected. the democrats have nothing. they banked everything on this. he has 18 people running for president not a message that does not involve trump. some of them have promised collusion and some of them chaired powerful committees on capitol hill or are ranking members have promised collusion and said they have got proof. just because they are on tv shows vomiting their own nonsense every night and not under oath does not mean that they should face full exoneration. they should produce this evidence. if they have evidence that a 22 month investigation by the special --, independent with taxpayer dollars could not find it or add -- adam schiff hasn't
or jerry nadler has it, let us see it. keeps callingnt for -- does the president think that the kremlin matters? kellyanne: the president said that it was a hoax. we have emerged with a clean bill of health. investigating the investigators is something that the investigators think would be a good idea. if you are going to scream about transparency and accountability and you need investigations, i have 22 months to wait and see how we got here in the first place. why the fbi was making payments to christopher steele, and also paid by hillary clinton and the dnc. glen simpson has taken the faith. fusion gps, i would like to know more about that. you've seen people texting between struck and page.
think america has been told by all of you, so thank you for that, that we have a right to know and we want transparency and we want to make sure that democracy is honest. let us investigate the investigators. the president said that they should happen -- that should not happen to another president. let us see how we got here. it started when he went on stage and encourage russians to hack the elections? >> some suggest that donald trump did get rid of robert mueller, and there was an attempt at obstruction of justice and his team, would not allow that. kellyanne: i did not answer that question. they found no obstruction. you have to read the report completely. i have read the whole report, and i got it very recently. let me just make the point. president, if you look at
the entire report, the president had the complete right to fire mueller, he could just fire him. he does not need to do anything else. he can fire him like he fired comey, and this report made clear that there was no evidence that he fired jim comey to impede the investigation into russians and the campaign. he did not do that whatsoever. he hired com that he fired comey because he could. through they people report. he could fire me when he -- when i walk into the building. if he wanted to get rid of mueller, he could have. barres attorney general plan to go after the illegal leakers? we have been talking about investigations and transparency built on very little if anything. i would say that there is ample evidence. obviously, we are leaking information. comey said that he put things
out there hoping that it would trigger an investigation. careful what you wish for. andrew mccabe is a confirmed leaker and liar. we know that there have been leaks. in the interest of our thriving -- letcy,, let us have, us who was leaking, let us put them under oath and investigate the investigators. anyone who objects -- objects to that is being partisan. you said that the president was in a good mood. , anddid he get the news what has he said? kellyanne: i will not go through any private meetings, but many of us have been with us throughout the day. you saw him at the wounded warrior's project and you saw him taking pictures. you were like, why is he half an hour late taking pictures.
he was watching the press conference, and a number of us were going through the report bit by bit. , and in there right now asked me to come outside and have a little talk with you. he has the last word on all of this. he was the one who was democratically elected, and the one that will address you at 4:00 when he leaves for a well-deserved easter break with his family. he feel about the former administration officials throughout the report. reactionsout the day, to the report by the special counsel, robert mueller on russian interference in the 2016 election. a number of briefings as you saw, kellyanne conway from about half an hour ago. statements coming out as well and we are hearing from the democratic leaders of the house and senate. chuck schumer and nancy pelosi, their statement saying "as we continue to review the report, one thing is