Conservative attorney George Conway said on CNN’s “New Day” this year that former President Donald Trump did himself — and his lawyers — no favors by commenting about the Jan. 6 Capitol incident previously.
Trump claimed that if re-elected in 2024, he would consider pardoning the Jan. 6 insurgents.
He then he issued a statement in which he all but admitted that he was attempting to “change the outcome” of the 2020 presidential election with former Vice President Mike Pence. Why talk about this now? Because the Jan 6th committee is about to come down hard on Trump.
Conway, the husband of former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, told co-hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman that the former president’s lawyers need to rein reel him in.
In terms of Trump, “If it were possible for someone to have violated their oath of office before even taking it, he just did that right there,” Conway said of those who are “dangling” pardons from insurgents.
“In terms of the practical, legal ramifications, it all boils down to his aim for the second time he was impeached, which was to obstruct — to incite an uprising on Capitol Hill.”
“He actually wanted them to do this, and the fact that he is now praising them for having done this shows his intent was pretty much — his state of mind was pretty much as [former press secretary] Stephanie Grisham has described it, he was glad they did it,” he continued.
“And that, in turn, goes to the potential criminal investigation that he’s been apparently very much afraid of, given the speech he just gave. This goes to, again, his intent to obstruct, and I’m using words in Title 18 Section 1512c of the U.S. Code, to obstruct or otherwise impede the official proceedings before Congress to count the electoral votes.”
“He wanted that stopped, and he did that in a bunch of different ways; one was inciting violence which he now proposes to reward people with pardons. He did that through strong-arming his vice president to overturn the election, as his statement last night said,” he elaborated.
“And he did that in also — by having his campaign — I assume he had some involvement in it — prepare these false or fake electoral certificates. all of these things really — it’s all starting to gel, the public information.”
“Somebody really should read him his Miranda rights. He has the right to remain silent,” Conway then added.
“The statements when he praises the insurrectionists? He’s not a very smart man, he’s a very arrogant man,” he continued. “Sometimes, every so often, when it comes to his bad intent, he tells the truth. That’s what he’s saying here; he wanted to end constitutional democracy in the United States and he’s just out and out admitting it now.”