Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote

Counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE sparred with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceDC delegate: Congress took up police reform due to 'impatience in the streets' Activist: Stop vilifying protesters and try to understand why they are fighting Ex-CDC director: 'No doubt' coronavirus 'has the upper hand' MORE on Sunday about  whether the White House would cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry following a vote to formalize the process.

“The full House did not vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry. Just Democrats did,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” before Wallace reminded her that Democrats hold the majority in the chamber. Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashMichigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet Can Trump break his 46 percent ceiling? NFL to close offices for Juneteenth, making it an official league holiday MORE (Mich.) also voted to authorize the inquiry.


Wallace pressed Conway on whether the White House would cooperate with the process in this new stage, which Democrats promised would include public hearings. Conway responded that several current and former White House officials have already testified, but Wallace noted that those officials testified over the objections of the White House.

Conway responded by hitting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) on the handling of information from the closed hearings, telling Wallace, “We've seen different people going up there and testifying. ... What we haven’t seen is the fullness of the eight or 10 hours each of them has spent testifying.”

“I guess Adam Schiff’s growing mushrooms in the dark in his secret process, which is unfortunate because you cannot put that toothpaste back in the tube,” she added.

Conway would not say whether the White House would continue to refuse to cooperate across the board with the inquiry but said, “We as a White House will continue to exert executive privilege where we feel that it is necessary.”

Wallace also pressed Conway on the number of closed hearings the Republican-controlled House held on both Russian interference in the 2016 election and the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya — a process former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyMore than two dozen former prosecutors, judges, active trial lawyers support DOJ decision to dismiss Michael Flynn case Sunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-S.C.) has continued to defend.

Conway first pivoted to attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump On The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm MORE when Wallace asked her why it was “OK for Republicans, when they’re in charge, to conduct hearings, depositions, interviews behind closed doors.”

“I think there is no analogy to the ultimate result here or the ultimate goal here, which is to impeach a president and remove him from office,” Conway added. “This is an extraordinary event.”