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Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Went Behind Her Back And Called Trump’s Acting AG Unconstitutional

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With hindsight, it is very easy to say that the sequence of events immediately following the dissemination of the results of the midterm elections was pretty predictable. Trump averts disaster, loses the House but makes gains in the Senate, fulfills a long-held desire to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then passes over Mueller fanatic Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein for promotion and instead gives the Mueller skeptic with a highly questionable past the bump up. It’s all textbook Trump.

And, of course, we could all predict the tired but righteous outcry from everyone on the left (us included). There was something, though, that no one predicted. Not even Trump. A lone voice rose up from the ether to smack the President down over this horrifically undemocratic political move. And who on Earth could have guessed that this voice would emerge from the Conway household?

That’s right. George Conway, husband of senior White House aide and close Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, has launched a scathing and public attack on the President for his extremely questionable DoJ appointment.

Conway penned an op-ed in the New York Times this week – along with his friend and colleague, fellow lawyer Neal Katyal – in which he savagely attacked Trump’s decision to promote former Sessions Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker to the position of Acting Attorney General.

“President Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional. It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid,” Conway says in the article.

No uncertain terms or ambiguity there, then.

In the op-ed, the two highly qualified lawyers argue that the choice of Whitaker for Acting AG is in direct contravention of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause, which is “designed to protect us all against the centralization of government power.” They continue:

“Mr. Whitaker has not been named to some junior post one or two levels below the Justice Department’s top job. He has now been vested with the law enforcement authority of the entire United States government. For the president to install Mr. Whitaker as our chief law enforcement officer is to betray the entire structure of our charter document.”

Conway has a little bit of a history of public attacks on Trump and, apart from Twitter, the op-ed pages of national newspapers seem to be his weapon of choice. For instance, most recently, he laid into Trump’s proposed policy of taking away the birthright citizenship law in an attempt to tackle illegal immigration. In yet another op-ed – this time in the Washington Post – Conway directly condemned the proposal, calling it “unconstitutional” also. It seems a lot of stuff this President does goes directly against the Constitution. I wonder why that might be.


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