Conway calls it 'silly' to say she threatened Washington Examiner reporter

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGrocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe GOP counsel raises eyebrows with shopping bag at impeachment hearing MORE on Friday dug in amid criticism of her conduct on a call with a Washington Examiner reporter, calling it "silly" to suggest she had threatened the journalist when she said it would be fair to look at the woman's personal life.

"I never threatened her. Don’t use that word if it’s not true. Do not. If I threaten somebody, you’ll know it," Conway told reporters on the White House driveway.

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"What does that mean, cover her personal life?" a reporter asked.

"Don’t use the word threaten. Don’t use the word investigate," Conway replied. "Stop being so silly."

Conway faced questions on Fox News and from reporters at the White House a day after the Washington Examiner posted audio and a transcript of her tense call with one if its reporters over a report that she was reportedly floated as a chief of staff candidate.

In the conversation, Conway objected that a story written by the reporter, Caitlin Yilek, mentioned that her husband, George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGrocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing GOP counsel raises eyebrows with shopping bag at impeachment hearing MORE, is a fierce critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE on Twitter. Conway criticized Yilek's work and dismissed the relevance of her husband in writing about her.

On Friday, Conway called the story "lazy" and again questioned Yilek's work.

"Why do you call yourself a breaking news reporter if you’re not writing breaking news and you’re not even being a reporter?" Conway said. "Don’t characterize the way I feel without ever having met me, talked to me or called me for a story."

Yilek is also a former reporter at The Hill. 

Audio of the call circulated on social media after it was posted Thursday afternoon. On the call, Conway questions why Yilek felt the need to include her husband's tweets.

"He gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed," Conway said. "Not the other way around. And if these are the, quote, standards, unquote, at the Washington Examiner, then yes, I’d be happy to talk to your editor. But I’ve known your editor since before you were born. So, I can call your editor either way. I’m just trying to give you a chance to explain why you think what you wrote qualifies as breaking news or reporting.”

Toward the end of the call, Conway suggests that Yilek's personal life would be fair game to explore.

“Listen, if you’re going to cover my personal life, then we’re welcome to do the same around here," Conway told Yilek.