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Fox News contributors Kellyanne Conway and Juan Williams went toe-to-toe during a segment on Thursday where, at one point, the former top political counselor to then-President Donald Trump confronted the liberal journalist over remarks he made about her in the past.
The two contributors exchanged remarks during a segment on “The Story” while discussing Biden family business dealings that are currently under investigation by Republicans in the House and Senate.
The House Oversight Committee disclosed in a memo earlier Thursday that financial records revealed family members of President Joe Biden were paid $1.3 million from an associate connected to China between 2015 and 2017. Biden’s son, daughter-in-law, brother, and another unnamed family member were among those who received payments, reports noted.
“It is unclear what services were provided to obtain this exorbitant amount of money,” observed committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky).
“This happened while Joe Biden was still the vice president,” Conway said, referencing some of the transactions. “What did [the Chinese] think that they were going to get from him?”
Conway mentioned Hunter Biden’s well-known laptop, which contained pictures of him with drugs and weapons and also highlighted Williams’ past call for Conway’s dismissal from her job as a Trump advisor.
“What he did – showing himself using drugs, using a handgun – that’s all possibly a felony. Don’t look the other way. You know what, Juan? On this network, you called for my firing because of the ridiculous Hatch Act because I said Elizabeth Warren had lied about her ethnicity for 34 years. She did,” Conway continued. “Because I said Joe Biden was an old, rich, White, straight guy. He is. You said I should be fired for that and you’re OK with the Biden family getting $3 million? That’s rich.”
“Very quickly respond to that, Juan,” host Martha MacCallum interjected. “Then I gotta go.”
“Well, I just think that when we look at these things, it’s all legitimate,” he said. “Investigate away. But it’s all become so partisan, it just looks like a witch hunt.”
It’s not clear when Williams called for Conway to be fired, Mediaite noted.
But the outlet said Conway may have been referring to a report from Special Counsel Henry Kerner in 2019, which recommended her removal as an adviser to former President Donald Trump due to her repeated violation of the Hatch Act.
The Hatch Act is a civil statute that prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in political activity while performing official duties. Kerner called Conway a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act and described the recommendation as “unprecedented.”
Kerner cited Conway’s attacks on then-presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joe Biden while serving in her official capacity as a White House adviser, among other instances. Despite calls for her ouster, Conway remained in her position, though she resigned shortly before the 2020 election to focus on family issues.
Earlier this month, reports noted that Conway is divorcing lawyer George Conway, her husband of 22 years.
There had been a growing conflict between Kellyanne and George, the latter of whom has long been a vocal critic of Trump and tormented him throughout his presidency.
Kellyanne has previously pointed to her husband’s public statements opposing Trump, which occurred while she was working for the president, as a significant factor in the deterioration of their marriage.
“Beltway insiders tell us that they’ve both lawyered up and that the two sides are hashing out the details of the split,” according to Page Six.
In 2022, Vanity Fair noted, “One of the greatest mysteries of the 21st century is the marriage of Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George — specifically, if they hate each other as much as their public commentary would suggest, or if the whole thing is some kind of three-dimensional chess designed to further their own interests.”
The couple got married in 2001 and have four children together. However, their conflicting political views during the Trump presidency strained their relationship.