George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, has helped published yet another op-ed denouncing President Trump’s move to oust ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions “unconstitutional.”
The article which was released o Thursday in the New York Times argues that Trump’s quick appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general stands as a violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, which insists that the Senate must confirm principal officers.
“President Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional,” penned Conway, alongside lawyer Neal Katyal. “It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid.”
Trump declared on Wednesday that Whitaker, Sessions’s chief of staff, would be taking for the attorney general. Sessions published his letter of resignation on Wednesday as per Trump’s request.
Conway and Katyal’s op-ed also reference a Supreme Court decision that ruled the appointment of a lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board invalid due to the fact that he had not been approved by the Senate.
“What goes for a mere lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board goes in spades for the attorney general of the United States, the head of the Justice Department and one of the most important people in the federal government,” Conway and Katyal state.
The op-ed claims that Trump should have selected a previously confirmed official to act as attorney general.
“For the president to install Mr. Whitaker as our chief law enforcement officer is to betray the entire structure of our charter document,” they write.
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