George Conway Says Donald Trump Correctly Thinks He Needs to Win 2020 Election to Avoid Being Indicted

George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and a persistent critic of President Donald Trump, said on Friday that the president would be correct in believing 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 that floated the idea that people in Trump's circle have considered re-election as a strategy to avoid criminal prosecution.

"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, referring to the Southern District of New York.

Conway, who has been especially quick to throw barbs at the president via Twitter as of late, tweeted in response to Haberman: "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 back-and-forth Twittter war 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 George a loser and a "wack job," and claiming he was jealous of his wife.

Trump and his associates are the subjects of a number of investigations, including from special counsel Robert Mueller's team and the Southern District of New York. Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney for the the Southern District, said in a recent television appearance that he believed Trump would have already been indicted by the Southern District if he weren't in the White House. Bharara explained that the Southern District had accepted a plea from Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, in which he admitted he made hush payments that violated campaign finance laws 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, hardworking 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."

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