George Conway — regular critic of President Donald Trump and husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — suggested on Friday that the president would be correct in thinking he needs to win re-election in 2020 to avoid being indicted.
Conway, a high-profile conservative lawyer, responded to a post on Twitter from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, which floated the idea that folks in Trump’s circle have thought about re-election as a strategy to avoid criminal issues.
“And reupping here that some POTUS advisers believe an — not only, but one — impetus for running again is that he could have criminal exposure in SDNY cases if he isn’t in office,” Haberman tweeted.
Conway — who has been especially quick to throw barbs at the president via Twitter of late — posted in response to the tidbit of reporting from Haberman.
Conway tweeted: “THINK about the fact that we don’t just have a mentally unstable president — but a president who thinks he needs to be re-elected to avoid being indicted. (At least in that one respect his thinking is clear.)”
Conway has been in a spat with Trump for the better part of the week, sparked in part by his suggestion that the president had narcissistic personality disorder. Trump has responded by calling Conway a loser, a “whack job” and claiming he was jealous of his wife.
Trump and his associates are, of course, tied-up in a number of investigations, including probes from special counsel Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Preet Bharara — the former U.S. attorney for the SDNY — said in a recent television appearance that he thought Trump might have already been indicted by the SDNY if he weren’t in the White House. Bharara explained that the SDNY had accepted a plea from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, that said he committed a campaign finance violation at the direction of the president.
“That says to me — given that I know the folks who did all this, actually I hired them and they’re all great, honorable, hard-working people — that they believe Donald Trump was involved in that crime,” Bharara said on MSNBC this week.
“Which takes us dangerously close to the conclusion that if Donald Trump were not the president of the United States — not 100 percent because there might be gaps in evidence — but it takes us very dangerously close to the conclusion that if Donald Trump were not the president of the United States, he would be under indictment.”
Source: Tim Marcin Newsweek
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