CNN's Anderson Cooper and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway got into a heated exchange Wednesday night over CNN's report claiming president-elect Donald Trump was presented with intel claiming Russian operatives have compromising material on him.
During Wednesday night's "Anderson Cooper 360," the anchor blasted Trump's handlers for claiming that CNN reported also reported the unverified claims like BuzzFeed.
"That's simply not true," Cooper said. "Do you acknowledge here and now that CNN did not release the 35-page unsubstantiated claims against Donald Trump, and it was misleading and untrue for [incoming press secretary] Sean Spicer to suggest otherwise? ... We didn't report what Buzzfeed reported."
Later, Cooper pressed Conway as to whether or not a summary of the allegations was presented to president-elect Trump. In response, she claimed that she wasn't in the briefing.
"What you're saying doesn't make sense," Cooper accused. "On the one hand, you're saying our reporting is inaccurate. On the other hand, you're saying you don't know if it was in the intelligence briefing, and you can't say even if you did know. Right?"
Conway balked, "I can tell you that credible news reports today say that it was not in there."
"You can't answer this question," Cooper pressed Conway. "What is inaccurate about our reporting?"
Undaunted, Conway said, "Sure, I can. Here's the answer -- if the four intelligence officials that gave the top secret briefing last week that some fools think they should leak to the media when it's a top secret intelligence briefing for a reason so that we're all protected, everybody, then why, according to your own report last night do they not tell the president-elect about it? Because your own reporting says that there's no confirmation that they briefed him orally."
Conway's appearance was just one day after she had another heated conversation with Seth Meyers and just hours after Trump dismissed the reports as "phony stuff" in Wednesday's press conference.