Conway's husband: 'Banana republic' if Trump got his wish to go after investigators

George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Pelosi is playing Trump 'like a drum' Schumer: Trump was 'agitated' during White House infrastructure meeting Trump, Pelosi exchange insults as feud intensifies MORE, warned Friday that the U.S. would be a "banana republic" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's threats against members of the Justice Department went fulfilled.

In an address at Georgetown Law School, Conway, who is an attorney, warned that Trump's statements suggesting that top current and former Justice Department officials should be jailed for their role in the special counsel investigation were anti-democratic.

"The president has suggested that members of his own Justice Department should be locked up for investigating the president," Conway told an audience Friday.

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"Now, if people were to get indicted or not indicted on the basis of whether or not the president likes them, we wouldn't have a republic," he added. "We'd have a banana republic."

The New York Times reported in November that Trump wanted to order the DOJ to prosecute former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice MORE as well as his 2016 rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE. It was unclear what charges Trump reportedly wanted to pursue at the time.

The president has frequently attacked Comey, who he accused of leaking memos detailing their conversations to the press.

Trump also shared an image on social media last year of Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE and other law enforcement officials and Democratic figures behind bars. The president told The New York Post at the time that Rosenstein "never should have" authorized the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign.

Conway emerged as a vocal critic of the president last year despite his wife's position at the White House, and has frequently battled Trump on Twitter and in op-eds.

Earlier this year, Conway suggested that reporters should assume the president to be speaking falsely under most circumstances, stating that nothing Trump said could be taken at "face value."

The attorney also warned earlier in the week that Trump could face impeachment if reports of his involvement in pressuring the Justice Department to block a merger of Time Warner and AT&T proved to be true.

Updated: 3:12 p.m.