Kellyanne Conway has downplayed media reports that top intelligence officials told President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama last week about unverified allegations that Russia collected compromising information about Trump.
Speaking to Late Night host Seth Meyers on Tuesday evening, Conway said, “Guess what hasn’t happened, Seth? Nobody has sourced it. They’re all unnamed, unspoken sources in the story. … Nothing has been confirmed.”
Conway’s appearance came shortly after CNN broke the news that intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on allegations that Russian political operatives claim to have potentially damaging personal and financial information about Trump. A two-page summary of the allegations was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In her Late Night appearance, Conway said, “We should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the press and won’t go and tell the president-elect or the president of the United States himself … what the information is.”
“Well, he has said he is not aware of that,” Conway replied. “It’s not fair that people don’t give him his due. He received that intelligence briefing, he made comments about it afterward. I have to tell you, there wasn’t very compelling information in terms of the nexus people would like to make between alleged hacking and the election results. Vladimir Putin didn’t tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Michigan and Wisconsin; she did that all by herself.”
Trump also responded to the reports by tweeting, “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Watch Conway’s full interview with Meyers below.
Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.