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

Counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' White House pushes back on Parnas allegations Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' MORE sparred with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model' Graham: Immediate dismissal of impeachment articles 'dead for practical purposes' 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 AmashTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate 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 worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Trump defenders argue president can't be removed for abuse of power 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 GowdyGreen says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely Trump golfs with Graham ahead of impeachment trial Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE (R-S.C.) has continued to defend.

Conway first pivoted to attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders Alan Dershowitz: Argument president cannot be impeached for abusing power a 'strong one' 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.”