"This guy swung an election", Conway said to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, said the former FBI Director James Comey "swung" the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor. She also said Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton's email probe late in the campaign likely crippled her White House bid at a time she was leading in the polls.
Conway spent the morning rebutting the idea that she was attributing her boss' victory to Comey, retweeting this from CNN's Chris Cuomo - who didn't miss an opportunity to take a shot at a rival network.
Conway's remarks followed Comey's interview with ABC's Stephanopoulos, in which the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director delivered a scathing rebuke of Trump and his administration, and encouraged voters to vote Trump out of office.
Conway reversed her argument later Monday morning, arguing that Comey wasn't capable of swinging an election.
"He thought the wrong person would win", Conway said. The interview highlighted the April 17 release of Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. Those close to Trump have in turn sought to discredit Comey, whom Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May of past year. As part of that, he participated in an interview that aired Sunday night on ABC in which he called Trump "morally unfit" to be president.
Conway attempted to walk back her remarks on Comey via a Monday morning tweet, after her interview.
Her comments came the morning after Comey, in his first televised interview since being fired previous year, said that he believed Trump was "morally unfit" to be president and recounted several meetings with the him, including one in which Comey says Trump asked for his loyalty. "I don't think so, '" she said. She also told The Daily Beast that she was being "sarcastic". "I rolled my eyes and said really, this guy swung an election? I don't think so", she wrote. "Suggesting he is a partisan interfering with the election is unsafe & unfair".