In a contentious interview on Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway sparred with CNN’s Chris Cuomo over the historic impeachment trial that’s about to begin in the Senate.
In the interview, Conway denied knowing Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who recently provided documents to the House Intelligence Committee that expand on President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“You are in power. You are defending the president against things that are wrong. And you are not dealing with the facts of the circumstance, because you can’t. I get it, but I wanted to give you a chance,” Cuomo said after about eight minutes of a heated back and forth with Conway.
“No, but if you’d let me speak, I would,” Conway replied, at which point Cuomo invited her to “speak to what Lev Parnas says and what the documents show and what the president shows and the witnesses show.”
“I don’t know Lev Parnas. What documents?” Conway said. “You don’t have to know him,” Cuomo replied.
Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman who worked with Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, has been indicted in the Southern District of New York for alleged campaign finance violations. After the CNN interview, his lawyer Joseph Bondy posted what appears to be a selfie of his client and Conway, indicating they’ve met. The internet took it from there.