Will the president-elect prosecute Hillary Clinton now? Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway neatly avoided CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s question. Once again, she managed to step over Trump’s vow to prosecute Clinton for using a private email server in her basement when she was Secretary of State.
Conway did not say whether she knew the answer to that important question. After all, third world countries are more apt to prosecute political opponents. According to CNN, the campaign manager said:
‘I have not discussed that with him, Alisyn. Especially since he became the next president of the United States.’
What about transparency? Conway’s response was prickly when Camerota asked her about the billionaire’s tax returns on the CNN show New Day. The reporter questioned whether or not an IRS audit was just an excuse to avoid making his tax returns available. Camerota asked the campaign manager:
‘Will Donald Trump release anything from the IRS proving that he’s under audit?’
Conway responded forcefully to a request for proof of an audit:
‘Are you calling him a liar? Seriously, we’re running against a Clinton, and we’re going to challenge someone’s veracity?’
Clearly, Trump’s campaign manager appeared tired of questions about the incredible missing tax returns, even though every presidential candidate for the past 40 years has released them. Conway stayed on message, repeating that Trump’s lawyers advised him to withhold his releases.
Her anger was odd, given that tax experts have indicated there is no conflict of interest, and she tamped down the question that has ribboned through Trump’s campaign.
But Camerota would not let the issue drop, coming back to it later in the interview. She asked for proof about the real estate mogul’s claims of charitable giving:
‘Part of why people are calling for him to release his taxes is so we do know how much he himself has given to charity. Will you or the campaign release exactly what that number is?’
Conway’s answer was terse:
‘I doubt it.’
Camerota pushed forward:
‘Why would you doubt it?’
Trump’s campaign manager was angry and attacked journalism:
‘I doubt it. This is like badgering. I don’t see it as journalism, I see it as badgering. We’ve had this conversation so many different times on so many different networks, yet we’re not having a conversation about what the middle class tax relief would mean for people’s wage stagnation.’
Check out the interview between the two women on CNN below:
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