George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway, who serves as a top counselor to President Donald Trump, has had quite enough of the president’s repeated attacks on the rule of law, so he’s formed a new group within the conservative Federalist Society to counter Trump’s reckless disregard for the Constitution.
The New York Times reports:
“The group, called Checks and Balances, was organized by George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer and the husband of President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway.
“The new group also includes Tom Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania and secretary of homeland security in the Bush administration; Peter D. Keisler, a former acting attorney general in the Bush administration; two prominent conservative law professors, Jonathan H. Adler and Orin S. Kerr; and Lori S. Meyer, a lawyer who is married to Eugene B. Meyer, the president of the Federalist Society.”
In a statement the group released, they clearly explain the purpose of their endeavor:
“We believe in the rule of law, the power of truth, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights and the necessity of civil discourse. We believe these principles apply regardless of the party or persons in power.”
For his part, Conway said he and many other conservatives refuse to remain silent when it comes to Trump’s repeated attacks on the Justice Department and news media:
“There’s a perception out there that conservative lawyers have essentially sold their souls for judges and regulatory reform. We just want to be a voice speaking out, and to encourage others to speak out.”
Conway has been a frequent critic of President Trump, saying that the president’s comments on ending birthright citizenship and that the appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general is in direct violation of the Constitution:
“Mr. 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.”
A major White House staff shakeup is reportedly coming in the days ahead, and it will be interesting to see if Kellyanne Conway is pushed out as a result of her husband’s brave and timely stand against her boss.
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