Trump taps Kellyanne Conway’s husband for head of Justice Department’s civil division

Donald Trump has reportedly chosen George Conway III, the husband of senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, to lead the civil division of the Department of Justice. If appointed, Conway would be responsible for defending Trump’s business ties and the most recent travel ban order, which Trump vowed to fight “all the way up to the Supreme Court.”

Conway, a 53-year-old partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, would not be subject to nepotism laws for this appointment because he and his wife would be working in separate departments and neither would be the other’s superior. Conway has a law degree from Yale and went to Harvard for his undergrad studies, so it’s nice to see someone who attended Ivy League schools finally catch a break. If confirmed the Conway family’s job would basically be joint defense of the Trump administration, with Kellyanne defending the president to the media, and George defending him in court. It would be cute if they weren’t defending things like de facto Muslim bans, which would be the first thing on Conway’s plate should he be confirmed.

In addition to the legal battle over Trump’s revised executive order, which the president himself admitted was a “watered-down” version of the original order struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court, there is a lawsuit against Trump that claims his business ties violate the emoluments clause. Conway’s office would be in charge of representing Trump in that case as well.

No official announcement has been made at this point about Conway’s coming nomination, but it has been reported by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

[New York Times | Photo: AP]