Kellyanne Conway's husband gives Trump a public legal rebuke -- and it's not the first time

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesGeorge Conway.
  • George Conway, the husband of the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, took a Twitter jab on Tuesday at President Donald Trump.
  • The tweet raised eyebrows since Conway’s wife is one of Trump’s most outspoken, and fiery, defenders.
  • Conway’s tweet wasn’t the first time he appeared to criticise the president.

Kellyanne Conway is the counselor to President Donald Trump and one of his most trusted advisers. She regularly defends him in the press and is known for her feuds on cable TV.

But her husband, George Conway, raised eyebrows again Tuesday when he responded on Twitter to Trump’s assertion that attorney-client privilege was “dead!” with a section of a Justice Department manual listing guidelines for executing proper searches of potentially privileged material.

George Conway – a lawyer at the New York City-based firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz – is a Republican through and through.

In the 1990s, he joined the legal team representing Paula Jones in her sexual-harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.

Yet Tuesday’s tweet was far from his first time appearing to publicly criticise the president.

Last year, when Trump vented about the striking down of his travel ban, Conway criticised Trump’s approach, suggesting that Trump’s tweets would ultimately hurt the president’s case.

After sending that tweet, he said on Twitter that he still “VERY, VERY STRONGLY” supported the president, his administration, and his policies, including the executive order Trump was seeking to defend.

Last month, however, he responded to reports that Trump discussed pardoning the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort amid the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

“This is flabbergasting,” he said in a tweet while linking to a New York Times story about the matter.

Also this year, Conway seemed to express support for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election when he retweeted a couple of tweets in which former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey praised the special counsel Robert Mueller for conducting the investigation with “great integrity.”

Trump has ramped up attacks against the Russia investigation over the past month, specifically aiming his frustrations at Mueller’s investigative team.

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