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Kellyanne Conway: ‘Having evidence’ is not part of my job

Kellyanne Conway seems to be on some sort of a cleanup tour, but in the process she managed to add another chapter to the lore that is her truth-challenged TV appearances.

This past weekend, Conway tried to tackle President Trump’s claims that his Trump Tower apartment was wiretapped by alluding to possible surveillance techniques like “microwaves that turn into cameras.” Aside from her awkward choice of words, Conway’s examples weren’t that outlandish, considering recent reports of CIA spy techniques which do indeed utilize microphone and cameras in TVs and laptops.

Nevertheless, the media piled on. This Tuesday, Conway appeared on CNN in an attempt to clarify herself, but appeared to throw her hands up in resignation instead.

“I’m not Inspector Gadget,” she told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”

“However,” she continued, “I’m not in the job of having evidence. That’s what investigations are for. I have said many, many times throughout the week that the president is pleased that the House and Senate intelligence committees have agreed that this should be part of the investigation that already exists about Russia and the campaign, an investigation that apparently has gone nowhere so far.”

The Washington Post‘s Phillip Bump gave a powerful explanation of why that’s a load of bull:

You are in the business of having evidence, Ms. Conway. You are a representative of the president of the United States, and your business is presenting accurate information to the American people on his behalf. Providing accurate information is predicated on having evidence — public or private! — to bolster the arguments you’re making.

Watch the video above.

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