Kellyanne Conway defends previous denials that Trump's team had contacts with Russian Federation

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A top White House aide has defended Donald Trump Jr's previously undisclosed meeting with a Russian lawyer in summer 2016, whom he claims had said she had incriminating evidence on Hillary Clinton that he "had to listen" to.

London's Daily Mail covered the exchange like a heavyweight bout, saying: "Cuomo talked over Conway throughout the interview, prompting her to declare then that the CNN host should let her know when she's allowed to speak again".

He added that discussions about American adoptions of Russian children was "the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting".

Stephanopoulos also questioned why the meeting was not originally mentioned in White House disclosure forms, to which Conway responded by noting such forms had since been amended to reflect the meeting. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. "That's the bottom line".

Trump Jr. met with the lawyer at Trump Tower in early June while serving as a campaign surrogate to his father, who had just clinched the Republican nomination two weeks prior.

Last year, Conway claimed on ABC that there was absolutely no contact between Trump campaign staffers and Russian Federation. "He was seeking the information, he was seeking damaging information, that's why he had the meeting - how is that appropriate?" His statement said he was not given the person's name beforehand. "We know that Hillary Clinton had one of the nine votes that allowed 20 percent of the USA uranium rights to go (to Russia)". That's why he agreed to the meeting by his own admission.

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"That they shouldn't believe all of the White House and the surrogates and all your alt-right friends that want to destroy the responsible media", Cuomo continued. They were briefed, according to the Washington Post about this kind of information, and did absolutely nothing because they never thought Donald Trump would win.

During the interview, Conway downplayed the importance of the meeting, saying "No information was received that was meaningful or helpful, and no action was taken".

"I know, but there are also reasons why you don't want to talk about Russian Federation, and I do", Cuomo responded.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Kellyanne, we have to go. Thanks very much for your time.

There appears to be little if any coordination between members of the Trump administration and its media outfit on what to say or not say about Russian Federation, and when. "No inconsistency in statements, meeting ended up being primarily about adoptions". That is, in and of itself, still damning-the president's son is admitting to meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to receive dirt about a political opponent!-and so the Trump administration is fighting back by bringing out the big guns. Yeah, a meme of him clotheslining a logo is dumb, but when that brand of trolling actually helps to discredit legitimate news organizations, Donald Trump and his merry band of inveterate liars get to avoid having to answer for themselves once those lies are found out. They include Attorney general Jeff Sessions, and Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump Jr. said the meeting "went nowhere". USA intelligence agencies insists that campaign was orchestrated by Russians hackers in order help elect Trump. "I discussed that with the president-elect just last night".



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