One of the defining characteristics of the Trump administration is constant, ceaseless lying. It’s also fair to say that one of the chief sources of those lies is Kellyanne Conway, who has gained infamy through her flagrant violations of the truth. Whether it’s “alternative facts” or the Bowling Green Massacre, she always seems to have something ridiculous to say.
In a recent appearance on Fox News, she dropped the bar even lower, if such a thing is still possible. Apparently, Kellyanne Conway doesn’t know what “under oath” means. While defending the Trump administration’s obstruction of justice and attacking objective investigators and Democrats in the media, Conway stated the following:
‘I support that as well. In other words, if the Schiff memo is going to come forward, then go ahead. Like I said, we’re for transparency and accountability. But look, you can’t argue this. Not under oath through the cable TV wars. And that’s what’s happening. People are going on and saying things that are simply not true and hoping that they will come true.’
Here’s the video:
First of all, that’s not what “under oath” means. Second, “people are going on and saying things that are simply not true and hoping that they will come true” sounds like a serious case of projection. Remember when Trump said that the investigation was going to be over by the end of the year? Weird how that didn’t happen, isn’t it?
Republicans are very fond lately of claiming the investigation has gone on a year without finding anything. However, the reality is far different—multiple Trump associates have been charged already, with more than one flipped and turned into witnesses for the larger case. The fact that no charges have been brought against Trump himself is, at this point, largely irrelevant. You don’t go after the crime boss first.
And the Trump campaign’s real defense against collusion at this point is really that the campaign was not organized or competent enough to set about colluding with a foreign power. More likely, Russian agents penetrated the campaign at multiple points. Trump Jr. communicated with Russian agents on more than one occasion, showing a willingness to receive information in return for unspecified favors. Now that Trump is refusing to enact sanctions on Russian bad actors, that behavior becomes even more suspect.
Trump fans also want to pretend that the investigation has turned to money laundering and obstruction after failing to find anything else incriminating on Trump. However, the rest of the investigation is still proceeding. Money laundering and obstruction are charges that are easy to prove, with a clear paper trail. Incidental evidence of wrongdoing is certainly going to be used against the Trump cartel—and it should be.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that Republican accusations of “bias” on the part of investigators are just a distraction. Even if the investigation was started because of the Steele dossier, it is the veracity of the information that matters. Not the source. The FBI receives intelligence from people with an ax to grind all the time.
Here’s that “alternative facts” moment for posterity:
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