Kellyanne Conway: ‘I don’t plan to speak any further about’ past sexual assault

Kellyanne Conway: ‘I don’t plan to speak any further about’ past sexual assault
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's 12:30 Report: New revelations from Trump's exclusive sit-down with The Hill The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations EXCLUSIVE: Trump says it's not appropriate for Megan Rapinoe to protest during national anthem MORE said Tuesday that she doesn't plan to share any additional details from her recently revealed past sexual assault, calling the disclosure on Sunday unplanned.

Speaking at The Atlantic's Festival in Washington, D.C., the senior Trump White House aide shared that she has received negative comments since she revealed the assault during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."


"I don't plan to speak any further about it," Conway said on stage at the Tuesday event. "I can just tell you that that was newly revealed publicly, but not new or newly revealed where it matters."

"I didn't make a decision to reveal that, that just sort of happened," she added. "I think had I made a decision, I would have articulated it better."

Conway's revelation on Sunday came amid a defense of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault. During the interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Conway noted that she doesn't believe Kavanaugh or his defenders in the Senate should be punished in order to empathize with victims of sexual assault.

"I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and rape — I'm a victim of sexual assault," Conway said Sunday during the interview. "I don't expect Judge Kavanaugh, or Jake Tapper, or [Sen.] Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race Jeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump MORE [R-Ariz.], or anybody to be held responsible for that."

The negative reaction since her revelation, she claimed, was entirely the result of her position in the Trump administration, which she says opens her up to demonization from her critics.

"A lot of people weren't nice because they don't want me or someone who works for Donald Trump to have any part of humanity or humility, both of which I possess," she told The Atlantic at the forum Tuesday. "I pray for those people because I have no idea what could possibly make people so negative and acerbic toward a stranger because we disagree."

Kavanaugh's nomination is expected to be voted on by the full Senate within the week after it was moved out of committee on a party-line vote on Friday. The White House has maintained support for Trump's nominee amid allegations of past sexual assaults, which the judge has fiercely denied.