BASH: Joining me now to give the view from inside the White House is counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
Thank you so much for being here this morning.
KELLYANNE CONWAY, COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, Dana.
BASH: Let's just start with the basics.
The president of the United States asked a foreign power to investigate a top political rival. We read it the summary in the July 25 call.
We also saw him do it in public. Was that appropriate?
CONWAY: Well, I have the transcript of the call right here.
And I'd like you to show me where that is. I mean, you can circle where there's a quid pro quo. You can circle where he asked him to...
BASH: No, I'm not asking about...
CONWAY: Excuse me -- where he mentions 2020, where he mentions -- where the president mentions holding up aid.
The Ukrainian president has said he didn't realize any aid was being held up -- quote -- "He felt no pressure."
And this entire phone call is about two presidents of respective countries talking about how they got elected. The president of Ukraine says, I modeled it after you...
BASH: So, Kellyanne...
CONWAY: ... draining the swamp.
Well, but then let's be clear.
CONWAY: We don't need Ukraine's help to beat Joe Biden, anymore than we needed help to help beat Hillary Clinton.
BASH: I'm not asking about that right now.
I'm going to ask about the quid pro quo in a second.
CONWAY: But that's important.