George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump

George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump
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George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayTrump tweets 'we all miss' Ailes after swiping at Fox Lincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband to White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE, said the key witness missing from the impeachment trial was President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding 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 BidenTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive for COVID-19 Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response 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 BoltonRelease of Mary Trump's tell-all book moved up to next week Trump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Bolton: Trump's time watching TV versus in the Oval Office 'would be a very interesting statistic' 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 SekulowAppeals court rejects Trump effort to throw out emoluments case Supreme Court divided over fight for Trump's financial records   Meadows joins White House in crisis mode 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.