George Conway pens op-ed calling for Trump impeachment proceedings

Lawyer George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayBernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' George Conway pens op-ed calling for Trump impeachment proceedings MORE and law professor Neal Katyal penned an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Wednesday calling for impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE to begin.

Katyal and Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump invites Sarah Sanders onstage at rally after touting her as potential governor Trump invites Sarah Sanders onstage at rally after touting her as potential governor Mellman: Eroding the rule of law MORE and a frequent critic of Trump on Twitter, say Trump’s court filing arguing he cannot be investigated by Congress is the most recent indicator that lawmakers should begin impeachment proceedings.

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Trump “filed a brief in the nation’s second-most-important court that takes the position that Congress cannot investigate the president, except possibly in impeachment proceedings. It’s a spectacularly anti-constitutional brief, and anyone who harbors such attitudes toward our Constitution’s architecture is not fit for office,” the two men wrote.

The two lawyers wrote that the brief “is nothing if not an invitation to commencing impeachment proceedings that, for reasons set out in the Mueller report, should have already commenced.”

Conway and Katyal are referring to an appeals brief filed by Trump’s lawyers in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that argues against the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s ongoing probe into Trump’s business ventures and whether he broke the law by committing financial and tax fraud.

Trump "argues that Congress is 'trying to prove that the President broke the law' and that that’s something Congress can’t do, because it’s 'an exercise of law enforcement authority that the Constitution reserves to the executive branch,'" Conway and Katyal wrote.

The drumbeat of Democratic lawmakers calling for impeachment proceedings to begin has been growing, particularly after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE gave his only public comments regarding the findings of his report into Russian election interference.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty The DNC's climate problems run deep Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) has tempered the conversation about impeaching Trump, pointing to the lack of Republican support outside of Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban House votes against curtailing warrantless collection of Americans' data MORE (R-Mich.), who has been the only Republican to publicly back opening impeachment proceedings.

“Congress could investigate Trump’s finances in an impeachment proceeding, but it can do so without launching the formal process of impeachment,” Conway and Katyal wrote, concluding that “Trump’s brief can be construed as an invitation to commence impeachment proceedings. In those proceedings, Trump’s attitudes toward our Constitution’s checks and balances, in addition to evidence of obstruction of justice, must play a key role.”