Last night, Donald Trump got some bad news when the 9th circuit court ruled against reinstating his travel ban. Now, an announcement about what comes next for the case has been made that has left many stunned.
Daily Mail reported that the husband of Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway may be the lawyer chosen to defend the travel ban in front of the Supreme Court.
The frontrunner for the position of solicitor general was thought to be Chuck Cooper, an inside-the-Beltway lawyer who helped Jeff Sessions prepare for his attorney general confirmation hearing. However, Cooper withdrew his name from consideration after watching the way Democrats attacked Sessions.
“After witnessing the treatment that my friend Jeff Sessions, a decent and honorable man who bears only good will and good cheer to everyone he meets, had to endure at the hands of a partisan opposition that will say anything and do anything to advance their political interests, I am unwilling to subject myself, my family, and my friends to such a process,” he told Politico.
Now, George Conway is reportedly being considered for the post. Other possible contenders include Williams & Connolly partner Kannon Shanmugam and Christopher Landau, a partner at Kirland & Ellis and a former clerk to Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Kellyanne said her husband will be happy to take on the job if he is chosen.
“George is a brilliant and accomplished lawyer who is willing to serve this president,” she said, adding that she has “been quiet about the specific roles for him partly because of my role here.”
“He’s willing to serve and I know that’s a decision he’s made. He would be the first Asian solicitor general, but he could also be a judge,” Kellyanne added.
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