George Conway, the husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, is no fan of President Donald Trump, as he makes clear on Twitter virtually every day.
Now, as the nation grapples with yet another confirmation hearing––this one for the William Barr, the president's nominee to be the nation's Attorney General––he's taken to retweeting all the ways Barr has contradicted Trump, an indication that Barr won't necessarily be the rubber stamp for the president's proposals that many critics have been nervously expecting.
George Conway (@gtconway3d)
For example, Conway retweeted the following message from CNN reporter Manu Raju, who noted that Barr agreed with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
"I don't believe Mr. Mueller to be involved in a witch hunt," says Bill Barr, breaking with President Trump. Barr… https://t.co/7uc2aZ8Gsb— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1547565288.0
Conway also retweeted news of Barr's opening statement to lawmakers, in which he assured them he would not interfere with Mueller's investigation...
Barr's opening message all aimed at reassuring skeptics: He'll allow Mueller probe to proceed, give Mueller time to… https://t.co/NMBxjv8Jxg— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1547564663.0
...as well as news of the moment Barr told Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) that he "would not allow a U.S. attorney to be fired for the purpose of stopping an investigation."
Barr tells Blumenthal that U.S. attorneys can be fired by the president, but says: "I would not allow a U.S. attorn… https://t.co/pkdyBfwhF8— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1547577420.0
He also retweeted political commentator Chris Cillizza, who quoted Barr's praise for Mueller's "straight shooter" approach to his work.
Barr says he told Trump that Mueller "is a straight shooter and should be treated as such."— Chris Cillizza (@Chris Cillizza) 1547567128.0
Barr also described joining Trump's defense team as "sticking my head into that meat grinder," according to CNN's Jim Sciutto, a statement Conway couldn't help but amplify.
I believe Barr just described joining Trump’s defense team as “sticking my head into that meat grinder”.— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto) 1547567115.0
And when Barr was quoted as saying that a president who "attempts to intervene in a matter that he has a personal stake in" would be breaching "his constitutional duty," Conway had the following response:
In other words, potentially impeachable. https://t.co/FpZXQ7S0f1— George Conway (@George Conway) 1547570713.0
More contradictions came in the form of footage from the hearing itself, which Conway was all too happy to share.
"We live in a time when the country is deeply divided," Barr said at one point. "In the current environment, the American people have to know that there are places in the government where the rule of law, not politics, holds sway."
"We live in a time when the country is deeply divided," William Barr says. "In the current environment, the America… https://t.co/DTva7yWCIK— CBS News (@CBS News) 1547565038.0
Barr, who initially did not want to pursue the attorney general position, changed his mind: "But ultimately, I agre… https://t.co/S3CmB16PEu— CBS News (@CBS News) 1547565510.0
Conway made headlines this week after he said nothing Trump says "can be taken at face value."
And also a disgrace that nothing he says—not even his denial of something as extraordinary as this—can be taken at… https://t.co/NVs3IsGkAG— George Conway (@George Conway) 1547483522.0
Conway was responding to a tweet from former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who called it a "disgrace" that Trump acts in "a way to necessitate" reporters asking him if he's working on behalf of the Russians.
It’s a disgrace that the President acts in a way to necessitate that question. https://t.co/xd2DjHdZm2— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara) 1547477536.0
This came after the New York Timesconfirmed the FBI "became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests."
Conway's dislike for the president is particularly striking considering his marriage to perhaps the White House's most high profile communications associate (Kellyanne Conway entered the term "alternative facts into common parlance.) He once quoted Trump himself, saying that the nation would benefit from having a leader “capable of comprehending what it means to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
What everyone should want, and the country needs, is a “President” capable of comprehending what it means to “take… https://t.co/HrOeOPa8jc— George Conway (@George Conway) 1535112532.0
Last April, Second Nexus reported Conway purged his Twitter feed of posts that were critical of the president. When asked why he said there was “no good reason.” We doubt Conway's walking back any of his criticisms anytime soon.