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 ConwayGeorge Conway: We might have to impeach Trump again George Conway writes the Trump 'creed' in satirical op-ed George Conway: 'Verdict of history' will be on Romney's side MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband to White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: We might have to impeach Trump again Democrats seek to drive wedge between Trump, GOP on whistleblowers Trump claims Pelosi ripping speech was 'illegal' MORE, said the key witness missing from the impeachment trial was President TrumpDonald John TrumpChanges in policies, not personalities, will improve perception of corruption in the US Union leader: Bloomberg can go all the way Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' 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 BidenWarren highlights work with Obama, Harry Reid in new Nevada ad Biden on Univision: Deporting 3 million 'was a big mistake' Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' 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 BoltonBarr back on the hot seat The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in John Bolton defends John Kelly after Trump criticism 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 SekulowWhat the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber Senate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Roberts emerges unscathed from bitter impeachment trial 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.