Donald Trump has selected George T. Conway III, the husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway, to lead the civil division of the Justice Department, which presents a problem. Trump is placing him in charge of a crucial office charged with defending Mr. Trump’s contentious travel ban and lawsuits alleging that his business activities violate the Constitution.”
Mr. Conway, 53, would lead a department of about 1,000 lawyers that has vast reach across the government, handling issues like national security and consumer protection and enforcing federal programs and the actions of the president himself, according to the New York Times.
Many of Donald Trump’s aides and appointments keep getting exposed for their ties to Russia, such as the ones that cause Michael Flynn to lose his job as National Security Advisor. Now, we may be able to add another name to that list: Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George T. Conway III.
Scott Dworkin, leader of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, on Wednesday tweeted that Conway’s husband George represented a company accused of bribing Russian officials.
The case brought forth by Petroleos Mexicanos and Pemex Exploracion y Produccion “pleads that HP Russia used a German agent to bribe Russian officials to secure a contract with the prosecutor general of Russia.” George Conway is the attorney that defended HP in the case.
Conway will surely claim that the problem here is that the information got out rather than that the content of the information ties her to Russia. Her response to the Flynn resignation was that the problem was his misleading of the President and Vice-President, not the fact that he potentially committed treasonous acts.
Of course, George Conway is an attorney, so on the surface, in a normal situation, this isn’t a big deal. However, this is not a normal situation given the fact that more and more Russian ties, in one form or another, continue to surface by the day. There is more than enough cause for concern here and at the very least, this needs to be addressed by the White House.
It’s beginning to seem like Trump’s staff was picked almost entirely for having ties to Russia. This revelation, while not directly implicating Kellyanne Conway, certainly isn’t a good look for an administration that should be trying to distance itself from Russia.