Shortly after the hectic Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings, a woman was arrested and charged with assault on President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.
And now she’s getting off scot-free.
Conway spoke publicly about the attack for the first time during a sit-down interview with Dana Bash of CNN. The incident took place at a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant where she was dining with her teenage daughter.
“I was standing next to my daughter and many of her friends at dinner...and somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbed my arms, and was shaking me to the point where I felt maybe somebody was hugging me," Conway told Bash as she held her arms behind her back to illustrate what happened.
At first, Conway thought it was one of the parents of the teens hugging her, but she turned around because it felt too aggressive to be friendly.
“I turned around and the woman had grabbed my hands,” she continued. “She was just unhinged. She was out of control.”
“Her whole face was terror and anger...she was right here” Conway explained, placing her hand just an inch from her own face. “And my daughter was right there. And she ought to pay for that because she has no right to touch anybody.”
“She put her hands on me,” the Trump advisor continued. “I said, ‘Get your hands off me!’ She put her hands on me and was shaking me and was doing it from the front with my daughter right there, who then videotaped her.”
Conway said the woman refused to leave the restaurant until she followed them outside. She was screaming “shame on you” and shouting other political comments at her for eight to 10 minutes. Conway called 911, and the woman, Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, was later arrested and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
During the CNN interview, Bash had the gall to suggest that Trump’s “incendiary rhetoric” and his calling “the press the enemy of the people” was to blame for the “toxic atmosphere” that may have led Inabinett to allegedly assault Conway. Conway shot back, saying the only person responsible for Inabinett’s conduct is Inabinett.
Inabinett claimed she did nothing wrong. Now, according to the Washington Post, the charges against her have been dropped by Maryland prosecutors.
“Was this woman rude? Yes,” said Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy. “Did she violate Ms. Conway’s space and try to embarrass her? Yes and yes. Is this a case where criminal sanctions would have been appropriate? No.”
Inabinett had no prior convictions, which played a role in the dropped charges, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Kathy Knight explained. Maryland defense lawyer Louis Leibowitz described the assault as minor and says while some actions like that are prosecuted, some do not rise to the level of a crime.
“Dropping this case was a very reasonable exercise in prosecutorial discretion,” added local defense lawyer David Felsen.
In completely unrelated news, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is now the subject of an investigation by the local inspector general for her decision to drop 16 felony charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, ABC News reported.