White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that the late civil rights icon would not support impeaching President Trump after Conway was asked by a reporter Monday how the president plans to observe the holiday.
“Well, I can tell you that the president is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality,” she began to respond to the reporter’s question.
“And he’s not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point,” she said.
“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time,” Conway continued, “but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don’t think it was within Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors.”
“And I think that anybody who cares about ‘and justice for all’ on today or any day of the year will appreciate the fact that the president now will have a full throttle defense on the facts,” she added.
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Conway remarks came on the eve of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate on two House-passed articles charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Earlier on Monday, the president’s legal team filed a brief pushing the Senate to “swiftly” reject the charges, calling them an “affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions.”
“The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected,” they added in the brief.