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George T. Conway III, the husband of the White House counselor, could be responsible for handling legal challenges for the Trump administration. But like many appointments, this one brings up some conflicts of interest.
The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is expected to be oversee the Justice Department’s civil division.
It was recently reported by The Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump is looking to tap George Conway III, a New York lawyer, for the job.
If confirmed by the Senate, he will be responsible for defending immigration executive orders and other lawsuits against the administration. This includes the travel ban, which some judges have refused to uphold including the most recent case of U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii, who banned it nationwide.
According to reports, he would lead a department of approximately 1,000 lawyers while handling issues like national security, consumer protection and enforcing federal programs.
His wife has been in the midst of various controversies while in defense of the president. Last month, she was seen in a viral video kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office surrounded by the President and various HBCU Presidents.
The Conways, who married in 2001, have four children including a set of twins. According to New York Magazine, Kellyanne Conway was previously romantically involved with a Republican lawmaker/ actor who starred in Law & Order.
Here are 3 things to know about the George Conway III and why his confirmation could be alarming:
1. According to The Huffington Post, Conway is listed as an expert on the website of The Federalist Society, the conservative legal group that handpicked some of the names on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist.
2. In 2006, he was the co-author of a paper in a case again felons voting.
“Society deems felons to be less trustworthy and responsible than non-felon citizens, and those who cannot follow the law should not participate in the passing of laws that govern law-abiding citizens,” the publication stated.
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3. If confirmed, Conway would oversee Trump in any upcoming and current lawsuits. This includes a pending lawsuit for overseas interest that violate the constitution. A team of ethics experts and scholars are asking the court “to stop Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments” with ties to Trump interests.
“Installing Mr. Conway to lead the civil division means that defending the president from such challenges will become a family affair for the Conways,” The Times writes.
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