CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday faced off with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in a heated exchange over the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigations into President Trump's ties to Russia.
"You want, as the president says, for this to be a hoax. I get it," Cuomo said on CNN's "New Day."
"And that's why Comey being ousted just when that is heating up, not back when he started his tenure — he didn't need anybody to tell him that Comey had been divisive within the agency. He knew all of that."
Conway interjected: "Do you want me to ask the questions? Because you're giving all the answers."
"Kellyanne, I've got to check what you're saying. I've got to provide the context for it. Because you're creating an image that doesn't reveal itself in fact," the CNN host responded.
Conway defended Trump's firing of Comey, saying the president wants an FBI director who is "impartial" and "not politicized."
Trump on Tuesday fired Comey, who had been leading the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference and Trump's links to the Kremlin.
The move shocked Washington and sparked outrage from Democrats, who said Trump was trying to shut down the FBI's probe.
Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended Comey’s dismissal, citing “substantial damage” to the FBI’s reputation and credibility under his leadership.