George Conway, the husband of top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, has given President Donald Trump a lesson in the limits of attorney-client privilege.
Responding to Trump’s Tuesday morning declaration that “attorney-client privilege is dead” in the wake of an FBI raid on lawyer Michael Cohen, Conway simply tweeted out a link to laws regarding obtaining search warrants for attorneys in the United States.
Attorney–client privilege is dead!# p #3_13 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018# p #4_13 # ad skipped = true #
# p #7_13 # ad skipped = true #
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 10, 2018# p #8_13 # ad skipped = true #
Specifically, the law states that “there are occasions when effective law enforcement may require the issuance of a search warrant for the premises of an attorney who is a subject of an investigation, and who also is or may be engaged in the practice of law on behalf of clients.”
As part of the process for obtaining a warrant, the guidelines state that “the affidavit in support of the search warrant may attach any written instructions or, at a minimum, should generally state the government’s intention to employ procedures designed to ensure that attorney-client privileges are not violated.”
Conway has never been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump, despite the fact that his wife is one of the president’s most ardent defenders on cable news shows.
Last year, for instance, he ripped into the president for undermining his own proposed travel ban with a series of impulsive tweets. He has also recently been retweeting articles that criticize the president’s alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, as well as stories that mock Trump for being unable to hire top-notch legal counsel to defend him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.