Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George T. Conway III, 53, is expected to be picked by President Donald Trump to head the civil division of the Justice Department. If he is confirmed by the Senate, it is expected that he will represent Trump in upcoming cases that might make it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, including the controversial case involving a Muslim travel ban.
CNN reported that two sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that President Trump is expected to nominate Kellyanne Conway’s husband to run the civil division of the Justice Department. Conway is a corporate lawyer who Trump had previously considered to be hired as the U.S. solicitor general. This month, according to Yahoo News, Trump announced Noel J. Francisco would be appointed to that position.
According to CNN, George Conway is currently employed at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, as a partner. He works in the firm’s litigation department. The Washington Post reported that Conway started out at the law firm in 1994. Kellyanne Conway’s husband has worked at the firm for the past 28 years, during which time, he has represented several high-profile clients.
CNN reported that Conway’s clients have included cigarette giant Philip Morris, and the National Football League (NFL). Conway represented Philip Morris against ABC News in a successful defamation lawsuit. Also, in 2010, Conway argued a case before the Supreme Court, “Morrison v. National Australia Bank.”
George Conway attended Harvard College and Yale Law School, which he graduated from in 1987. He was a law clerk “for U.S. Circuit Judge Ralph Winter, Jr. of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals,” a judge who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan.
In the 90s, Kellyanne Conway’s husband was also one of a team of lawyers who represented Paula Jones during a sexual harassment lawsuit she brought against Bill Clinton, who was President of the United States at the time. George Conway ssisted in writing the Supreme Court brief for the case. The Paula Jones case established “a legal precedent for a sitting president to be sued in civil court.”
Though the two sources who spoke to CNN confirmed that Kellyanne’s husband has been picked by President Donald Trump to head the Justice Department’s civil division, on Saturday, neither the Justice Department nor the White House would confirm the pick. The newspaper reported that George Conway “declined to comment,” as to whether he had been chosen to head the civil division of the Justice Department.
If George T. Conway III does get the job of heading the Justice Department’s civil division, he would find himself leading approximately 1,000 lawyers. He would handle issues such as consumer protection and national security.
Conway would represent Donald Trump in his various legal challenges, which are expected to end up being argued in front of the Supreme Court. The cases would include one involving Trump’s executive order that bars people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
If Conway is selected for the position, he will also be defending Trump in a pending lawsuit where he is facing charges of being in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. The clause, according to the New York Times, prohibits federal officeholders from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments. Trump may be in violation due to the revenue his hotels and resorts receive from customers who also happen to be foreign officials.
Before Kellyanne Conway became a senior adviser for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, she was “a longtime Republican pollster.” After she became Trump’s senior adviser, she not only became one of Trump’s most trusted advisers, but she also developed a close relationship with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, has been picked by President Donald Trump as the head of the Department of Justice’s civil division, according to sources, though the White House and Department of Justice have not yet confirmed the pick. If George T. Conway III is officially named as Trump’s choice and is confirmed by the Senate, he will likely face some tough legal cases and find himself frequently arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court.
By John Samuels