George Conway Says Donald Trump's Impeachment Must Happen 'In the Next Several Weeks,' Calls White House Counsel Letter 'Trash'

George Conway said the House must proceed quickly with the impeachment of President Donald Trump and described the White House counsel's letter to senior Democrats as "trash."

The attorney and former Republican was once considered for senior roles in the current administration but has become one of Trump's most prominent and fiercest critics.

He is married to Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser who helped to mastermind Trump's 2016 campaign and remains a member of the president's inner circle.

"I think they need to do it in the next several weeks," Conway told Preet Bharara, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on the Stay Tuned With Preet podcast.

But Conway said the White House is "clearly engaging in obstructionist tactics," such as by not allowing senior diplomats caught up in the Ukraine-Biden affair to testify to Congress.

Moreover, Conway attacked the White House counsel Pat Cipollone's letter to House Democrats outlining why the Trump administration would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

Cipollone accused the House of acting unconstitutionally and trying to overturn the 2016 election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by accusing Trump of attempting to "normalize lawlessness" and of an "unlawful attempt" to hide the administration's misconduct.

The White House counsel argued that because there was no House vote on opening the impeachment inquiry it is invalid. Cipollone also argued that the president was being deprived of due process rights, including to call and cross-examine witnesses.

"Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch carmot be expected to participate in it," Cipollone wrote.

"Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch and lasting damage to the separation of powers, you have left the President no choice.

"Consistent with the duties of the President of the United States, and in particular his obligation to preserve the rights of future occupants of his office, President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances."

Conway said that "as a legal and constitutional matter" the demand that Pelosi call a vote on the impeachment inquiry is "completely irrelevant and meaningless… I mean, the absurdity of the letter."

"This was trash," Conway told Bharara. "I mean, basically the thrust of it is that there are some kind of constitutional obligations that the House has failed to meet that therefore render its impeachment inquiry illegitimate and unconstitutional, which is complete nonsense, because all the constitution says is that the House has the sole power over impeachment.

"It completely vests the power of impeachment in the House, and the House gets to decide how to go about doing that. All the House has to do at the end of the day is, by majority vote, vote out a bill of impeachment, which is essentially an indictment.

"Because it's just essentially an indictment, they don't have to conduct hearings at all. They don't have to hear witnesses at all, and they don't have to give anybody the right to cross-examine those witnesses. It's garbage."

Conway continued that the Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry and to comply with congressional subpoenas is impeachable.

"My long-time law partner, Bernie Nussbaum—one of his proudest accomplishments was writing the article in the Nixon impeachment resolutions that were voted out of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974—the article that said that all of the refusals to cooperate by the Nixon White House were, in and of itself, an impeachable offense," Conway said.

"This is just basically exhibit A. This is basically saying we're not giving anything at all. It's really quite remarkable."

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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter at the White House October 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is facing impeachment by the House over the Ukraine-Biden affair. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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