Seth Meyers grills Kellyanne Conway on alleged Trump intelligence briefing

News of an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising information about the president-elect broke shortly before Conway's interview.

President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and incoming White House advisor Kellyanne Conway stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday shortly after news broke of an unsubstantiated report alleging that Russia had compromising personal and financial information on the president-elect.

Conway’s immediate response to Meyers (around the 1:50 timestamp above) was that the report is completely unsourced and unsubstantiated.

“Well guess what hasn’t happened, Seth? Nobody has sourced it,” Conway said. “They’re all unnamed, unspoken sources in the story. And it says it was based on a Russian investigator to begin with…”

“I think it was based on an MI6 British investigator,” Meyers interjected.


“Right, well, one of those,” Conway said. “And then it said it also may have originated with a Russian investigator. It also says that groups that wanted Hillary Clinton to win may have been behind the investigations themselves, and most importantly, it says the FBI is trying to confirm it. So nothing’s been confirmed.”

Conway then made an appeal to “American citizens of all parties,” saying that she was worried about leaks like this ending up in the hands of the press instead of the government.

“We should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the press,” said Conway, “and won’t go and tell the president-elect or the president of the United States himself now, Mr. Obama, what the information is.”

“But the press report was about them going to the president,” Meyers said.

Conway then said that, according to the report, neither Trump nor Obama was briefed on the allegations, a claim that has been contradicted by several prominent news sources.

“Well, he has said that he is not aware of that,” Conway said.

“Well, that concerns me,” Meyers replied.

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