In addition to trashing dubious legal claims by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Twitter Friday, Conway also lambasted the president in a Washington Post editorial that he co-wrote with former U.S Solicitor General Neal Katyal and former Republican FEC Chairman Trevor Potter.
The three distinguished legal experts heavily criticized the president for claiming that he did not commit a felony when he authorized his former attorney Michael Cohen to pay hush money to two former mistresses during the 2016 presidential election.
First and foremost they pointed out that Trump shamelessly lied about his own actions during his campaign for the presidency.
“For quite some time, he flatly denied knowledge about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels,” they wrote in the opinion piece. “But now he seems to be acknowledging that he knew (since his personal company reimbursed Cohen for the payment, he ought to).”
They then completely destroy the latest “dangerous” argument from Trump and his allies that committing a campaign finance felony really isn’t that big of a deal. In particular, they rebuked retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for saying he “doesn’t care” if Trump committed a felony.
“Of course, every criminal defendant seeks to minimize his crimes,” they wrote. “But such defendants don’t have a cheering squad composed of United States senators.”
Also on Friday, Conway posted a tweet where he altered the presidential oath incorporating Rudy Giuliani’s claim in his tweet.
“‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, except where nobody gets killed or robbed’” Conway tweeted.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, except where nobody gets killed or robbed.” https://t.co/H5W6gDGTIq
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 14, 2018
All of this shows that Trump’s and his supporters’ denials are not working, either with prosecutors or with American voters. Their words and actions are those of desperate people grasping at straws, but with no way out.
Donald Trump knows he is doomed, yet, as expected he is continuing to use the same old tactics of lying and denial that got him into trouble in the first place
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.