By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to nominate New York lawyer George T. Conway III to head the civil division of the US Justice Department, a source briefed on the matter said on Friday.
Conway, husband of Trump’s senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He has represented Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE :), Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE 🙂 and the National Football League among many corporate clients.
He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The White House and the Justice Department also declined to comment.
As head of the civil division, Conway would be in charge of defending the government’s actions, including Trump’s revised executive order prohibiting citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States.
This week, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the implementation of Trump’s order maintaining a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen that was part of an order. previous blocked by the courts.
Conway was one of a team of attorneys who wrote a legal brief on behalf of Paula Jones that sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, according to numerous media reports.
Conway wrote in a 1994 Los Angeles Times op-ed that Clinton should have no immunity from Jones’ lawsuit “because it would place presidents above the law. It would allow a president to take out a mortgage on a summer home, refuse to make payments and yet be immune from foreclosure for four to eight years. ”
The civil division defends US agencies against thousands of lawsuits filed annually by government policies, laws, domestic and foreign operations, rights programs, military and law enforcement actions, and counter-terrorism efforts.
The division is also suing on behalf of the government to recover money lost to fraud, loan defaults and abuse of federal funds, especially in regards to Medicare.
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