Kellyanne Conway Probably Regrets This Tweet About FBI Investigations
During the 2016 election, many allegations and insults were thrown around, largely from President Donald Trump's camp. When Hillary Clinton was called in to testify about Benghazi, the conservatives backing Trump had a field day, and when FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter relating to Clinton's private email server just a week before Election Day, it only got worse. Conservatives became so excited about being able to knock Clinton down for something, and Trump adviser and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was eager to bash Clinton's FBI investigations back in October.
At the time, FBI Director James Comey released a letter to Congress saying new material that might relate to the department's investigation into Clinton's emails had been uncovered on aide Huma Abedin's computer. The FBI ultimately decided that the new materials did not change its recommendation that Clinton should not be charged, but the last-minute reveal so close to Election Day certainly could have swayed voters.
Conway appeared on Fox News when Comey's letter was revealed to comment on the situation, saying, "What we are reminded of is this cloud of corruption that always follows Hillary Clinton. And we are having this entire conversation about a renewed FBI investigation because Hillary Clinton did what she always does, put Hillary first. ... We can never get the stench and the stain of the Clintons off of us it turns out." Conway also tweeted about her Fox News appearance and added, "Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two."
However, there is a slight chance Conway might be regretting her comments about people who are under FBI investigation. On Monday, during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election, Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating Trump for ties to Russia. Trump denies the claims as "fake news."
Especially during a contentious election, it's probably incredibly tempting to make the rounds on talk shows and bring up your opponent's problems, but in this case hindsight is 20/20. Now that she's characterized people under FBI investigation as corrupt, it's hard to walk back that kind of comment now that it applies to Trump.
It's a huge contradiction, and will be interesting to see how Trump's administration handles it, or if anyone brings it up to Conway in the next few days on the air.