George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, suggested that President Donald Trump on Monday obstructed justice and tampered with a witness when he praised his longtime adviser, Roger Stone, in a tweet for vowing to never testify against him as part of the special counsel investigation.
“File under ’18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512,'” George Conway tweeted, a reference to the statutes for obstruction of justice and tampering with witnesses, informants or victims.
File under “18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512” https://t.co/e4ZGVn1kJi
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 3, 2018
The attorney was quoting a tweet in which Trump praised Stone for saying there’s “no circumstance” in which he would ever testify against the president because it would mean he’d “have to make things up.”
“Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’ ” Trump wrote.
Stone made the remarks in an interview on Sunday, and claimed that he had not been in discussions with Trump about a potential pardon should he be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general during the Obama administration, on Monday agreed with Conway’s assessment.
“This is genuinely looking like witness tampering,” he tweeted. “DOJ (at least with a nonfake AG) prosecutes cases like these all the time. The fact it’s done out in the open is no defense.”
George is right. This is genuinely looking like witness tampering. DOJ (at least with a nonfake AG) prosecutes cases like these all the time. The fact it’s done out in the open is no defense. Trump is genuinely melting down, and no good lawyer can represent him under these circs https://t.co/zqFUoQvWTf
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 3, 2018
Trump on Monday ripped into both Mueller and his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow that took place during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump said that Cohen should “serve a full and complete sentence.”
“Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.” You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
The Hill notes:
Cohen said in his guilty plea that he was untruthful about his involvement in plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in order to remain loyal to the president and consistent with his “political message.”
Cohen previously told Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, but emails showed that he continued to talk with a Russian developer about the project into the summer of 2016 and kept Trump informed of the talks amid the presidential campaign. Trump has downplayed the negotiations, calling it “very legal & very cool” that he continued to run his business while campaigning for president.