Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Monday slammed former FBI Director James Comey as an attention-hungry author whose forthcoming book amounts to a “revisionist history” of his interactions with President Donald Trump.
Conway appeared Monday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” responding to the hour-long interview special that the network aired Sunday night with Comey in which the former FBI director said Trump is morally unfit to be president and said it is possible that the Russian government is in possession of compromising material regarding the president.
The counselor to the president would not say whether Trump had watched Comey’s interview, only that he was “aware of some of the excerpts.” But she was unflinching in her own evaluation of the former FBI director’s performance, telling George Stephanopoulos that Comey “struggled to answer basic questions and he looked a little shaky.” She called certain parts of his regarding the size of Trump’s hands and the length of his tie "gutter."
“It’s three very limited meetings with the president of the United States. I thought to myself, ‘you waited two months as the FBI director to go and meet with the president-elect and then you waited nearly a year to tell the country what was on your mind,’” she said. “If he really felt like he was saving the country rather than selling books why did he wait until an interview with you, not under oath, and selling a book, not under oath.”
Even before it aired, Comey’s interview seemingly sent shockwaves through the White House, with the president erupting with several tweets over the weekend directing vitriol at the former FBI director, whom Trump labeled “slipper James Comey.” The president called Comey, whom he fired last spring with the bureau’s ongoing Russia investigation weighing on his mind, the worst leader in the FBI’s history.
Comey, elsewhere in his interview with Stephanopoulos, compared Trump’s emphasis on loyalty to that of a mafia boss. He said it was possible that the president’s request during a February 14, 2017, dinner that Comey let go of an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn could constitute obstruction of justice.
Conway, in responding to Comey’s interview, resurfaced many of the talking points Trump allies have used in recent days to attack the former FBI director, labeling him a leaker whose Congressional testimony had to be corrected because of inaccuracies.
On multiple occasions during their roughly six-minute interview, Stephanopoulos was forced to fact-check Conway, including on her suggestion that Comey had not discussed law enforcement matters during the February 2017, dinner when they had done so. The ABC News anchor stepped in again when Conway said Comey had testified that “nobody here” had asked him to drop an investigation for political reasons when in fact Comey had said only that neither the attorney general nor anybody else at the Justice Department had made such a request.
“This man, Jim Comey loves to be within the proximity of power. He loves having dinner alone with the president. If he hadn’t he should’ve invited someone or asked who else was going to be there,” she said. “He loved being along in the oval office. He wanted a piece of it. He loved being in the proximity of power until he got fired and then wrote a book.”