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Kellyanne Conway argues the 'goalposts have been moved' on proving Trump-Russia cooperation: 'We were promised systemic, hard evidence'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday resorted to defending the Trump administration against charges of cooperation with the Russian government by arguing that the "goalposts" of proving such collaboration "have been moved." "I mean, we were promised systemic — hard evidence of systemic, sustained, furtive collusion that not only interfered with our election process but indeed dictated the electoral outcome," Conway said in an interview with Fox & Friends.

Her "goalposts" argument came just days after Donald Trump Jr. published his emails confirming that he'd met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the presidential election in the hopes of gathering compromising information on Hillary Clinton. In the emails, Trump Jr. was promised information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful" to President Trump.

The one-time Democratic presidential candidate also factored into Conway's defense Friday. Conway argued that Clinton is "one of the only people who says that seriously these days," referring to the claim that Russia interfered in the presidential election and affected its outcome. "[A]nd nobody believes it," Conway said. "We know why she lost. It's obvious."

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