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

Counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway and Haley get into heated feud: 'You'll say anything to get the vice-presidential nomination' NBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing MORE sparred with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Sondland testimony 'took out the bus and ran over' Trump, top aides Chris Wallace: Trump testifying 'would be akin to Prince Andrew testifying about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein' Fox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage 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 AmashAmash: GOP acts like 'we're all stupid' over impeachment hearings Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings 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 SchiffNunes's facial expression right before lawmakers took break from Sondland testimony goes viral Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Maloney wins House Oversight gavel 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 GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE (R-S.C.) has continued to defend.

Conway first pivoted to attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris rips Gabbard over Fox appearances during Obama years Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate 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.”