Conway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new'

Conway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new'
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE dismissed testimony from the first two witnesses to appear publicly in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, saying there was "nothing new" and that the revelations that emerged on Wednesday would not hold up in a "real court of law." 

“There was nothing new yesterday,” Conway told CNN Thursday morning.

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified that one of his staffers overheard a phone call between Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE in which the president asked about "the investigations."


Taylor testified that Sondland said Trump "cares more about the investigations of Biden" than Ukraine.

The president in an earlier phone call with Ukraine's leader had asked for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE and his son, which is at the center of the impeachment inquiry. 

The information in Taylor's testimony had not been known prior to Wednesday. 

“You're calling that evidence? Respectfully, in a real court of law, we would not be referring to something as evidence. That is, somebody on my staff recalled overhearing a conversation between someone else and the president where they think they heard the president use the word 'investigations,' ” Conway said. 

“This is not what due process and the rule of law and our great democracy allows,” she added. 

Conway also told CNN the president reacted “pretty well” to the hearing. 

Taylor testified alongside George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of State, in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into Trump. 

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamBiden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy Grisham thinks Trump will run in 2024 and have no 'guardrails' Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony MORE said on Wednesday that Trump was not watching the impeachment hearings.