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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Kellyanne Conway said she's 'not Inspector Gadget' and denied claiming Trump was bugged


UPDATE 8:53 a.m. EST: President Trump implied the media was rude to Conway.

UPDATE March 13 8:20 a.m. EST:

Kellyanne Conway, in an interview on CNN Monday morning, said her comments on widespread surveillance were a comment on "surveillance generally," not that Trump had been wiretapped.

Conway was specifically asked about Trump's allegations of wiretapping.

When confronted about her comment that microwaves could be turned into spy cameras, she deflected, saying she wasn't "Inspector Gadget."

I'm not Inspector Gadget. I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the campaign.
Kellyanne Conway

Conway also said in an ABC News interview she had no evidence Trump was wiretapped.

Conway also discussed repealing the Affordable Care Act and Trump's jobs record. When confronted with the fact that Trump repeatedly said job reports were untrue during the campaign, Conway said they were worth celebrating.

When CNN host Chris Cuomo argued that lower-income people might not benefit under the Republican Party's healthcare plan, Conway insisted that "was not true" and that the ACA was unstable and unaffordable. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Facing a Monday deadline to hand over any evidence that then-President-elect Trump was wiretapped in Trump Tower, Kellyanne Conway said in an interview that surveillance went far beyond wiretapping.

"You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets," Conway said in an interview with The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record, apparently referencing the WikiLeaks dump which claims to show the CIA turned phones and TVs into surveillance tools. Conway did not offer evidence that Trump was surveilled.

Microwaves that turn into cameras ... We know this is a fact of modern life.
Kellyanne Conway

The White House faces a Monday deadline to give Congress any evidence that Trump was wiretapped, a potentially explosive allegation that has not been backed by any evidence from the administration. 

The Associated Press reported Congress had requested the evidence and set the deadline on Saturday.

Conway's comments on microwaves sparked jokes on Twitter.

Conway echoed past messages to incorporate a wiretapping investigation into the existing investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

However, Russia's involvement in the election is not disputed by the intelligence community, while many intelligence leaders have refuted Trump's wiretapping claims.

The FBI did investigate a Trump server in its probe into Russian meddling, but no charges are expected.

This whole conspiracy ... is a waste of people's oxygen.
Kellyanne Conway

Conway also insisted Democrats' calls for investigations into Russian ties were deflections to deal with the sting of losing the election.  

"They haven't gotten over it, "Conway said. "That's too bad for the country. The campaign is over. Now it's time to govern."

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