George Conway, a lawyer and the husband of White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, said he believes President Trump “might” need to be impeached again after taking retaliatory action against two men who testified against him.
As the Independent Journal Review reports, Conway published an op-ed in the Washington Post this week where he condemned Trump’s decision to fire Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
In the op-ed, titled “Trump is right. We might have to impeach him again,” Conway says Trump might become “the first president to be impeached more than once” and showed (with the firings) “precisely why he could be destined to achieve that ignominious fate.”
Conway also wrote: “With essentially no pretense about why he was doing it, the president brazenly retaliated Friday against two witnesses who gave truthful testimony in the House’s impeachment inquiry.”
Trump essentially admitted his retaliatory motive on Saturday, when he tweeted that he sacked Vindman in part for having “reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly.”
If this were a criminal investigation, and Alexander Vindman and Sondland had given their testimony to a grand jury, this Friday Night Massacre could have been a crime. At the very least, it ought to be impeachable: If Richard M. Nixon was to be impeached for authorizing hush money for witnesses, and Trump himself was actually impeached for directing defiance of House subpoenas, then there should be no doubt that punishing witnesses for complying with subpoenas and giving truthful testimony about presidential misconduct should make for a high crime or misdemeanor as well.
The tweet in question was posted by Trump on Saturday morning where he said he never personally knew Vindman but was firing him for lying about a call Trump had with the president of Ukraine.
“Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” Trump tweeted. “Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgment, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.”
“In other words, ‘OUT,'” the president added.
….was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, “OUT”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2020
As the IJR reports, Conway concludes that House Democrats “might, indeed, have to” impeach Trump again.