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George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump

George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump
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George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: Georgia call shows Trump is 'delusional,' 'desperate' George Conway calls Meadows a 'moron' and a 'disgrace' George Conway: 'Biggest election fraud of 2020' is lie Trump won MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband to White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots Kellyanne Conway calls for violent Capitol protesters to 'just STOP' MORE, said the key witness missing from the impeachment trial was President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE.

Conway, a frequent and often vociferous critic of Trump, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Saturday that Trump, not Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE or Hunter Biden, should be called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial. Conway also claimed the president would "melt down" if he was questioned by a "skilled examiner." 

As as the Senate impeachment proceedings got underway this week, the central question has been whether new witnesses, such as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonAfter insurrection: The national security implications McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender Cyber czar to draw on new powers from defense bill MORE, will be subpoenaed.

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Republicans are widely opposed to bringing in witnesses, and the White House asked several former and current members of the administration not to testify under subpoena in front of the House committees when the impeachment inquiry was underway late last year. 

In the op-ed, Conway said the best case for calling Trump to the stand has been made by "the argument advanced by Trump's own lawyers." 

"Trump’s lawyers contend that a president should not be impeached and removed for making a bona fide policy judgment, whether or not that judgment turns out to be misguided or wrong. On that point, they’re absolutely right," he wrote. 

However, Conway said Trump should be called to testify to prove that he acted in good faith when making that policy judgement with regard to his dealings with Ukraine and the country's president. 

"What does matter is Trump’s state of mind: What he actually believed, and what basis he personally had for that belief, should determine whether he committed an abuse of power," he added.

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Conway wrote theoretical, straightforward questions that Trump could be asked during his testimony and explained why his answers could be incriminating. Conway said that if Trump testified, he’d be “humiliated.”

“Confronted by a skilled examiner, Trump would melt down in minutes,” Conway wrote. “He’d be humiliated, and he knows it — which is why he’s too terrified to give testimony under oath, and why it won’t happen. But it’s the logical conclusion of the argument the president’s lawyers have been making. They have, to use Trump lawyer Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump, House GOP relationship suddenly deteriorates Dershowitz says he'd defend Trump again in impeachment trial Trump attorney Jay Sekulow refutes claims of Pence authority over electors MORE’s wording, 'opened the door' to calling Trump.”

Conway, who is now serving as an adviser to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC, wrote in December that Trump's "boundlessly self-centered bent" made it “inevitable” that he would be impeached.

It is still unclear as of now if Trump will testify before the Senate as former President Clinton did.