Kellyanne Conway's husband 'Trump's pick for key justice department post'

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Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo as Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office  - AFP or licensors

Donald Trump is expected to nominate the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to run the Justice Department's civil division, it has been reported. 

George Conway would lead an office charged with handling the legal changes to key policies of the new administration, including the controversial - now twice blocked - travel immigration ban. 

If confirmed by the senate, it would make the Conways one of Washington's most powerful couples. Mrs Conway, a longtime Republican pollster stepped in to manage Mr Trump's presidential bid at a time when it was being buffeted by damaging controversies. 

She is now one of Mr Trump's closest aides and one of the few people beyond the First couple to have secret service protection, which she was given after receiving multiple death threats.

In an interview with New York  Magazine, an exuberant Mrs Conway told of how her code name in the secret service is "Blueberry", because she once earned the distinction of World Champion Blueberry Packer in New Jersey for her talent in packing the fruit into crates.

“It’s kind of embarrassing!” she told the magazine, describing how the secret service trail her in the supermarket and speak into devices on their wrists. “They’re like, ‘Blueberry, horsepower, aisle four!’ I’m like, Seriously?"

Counselor to the President of the United States Kellyanne Conway enters a joint press conference with US President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 27 January 2017.  Credit: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA

Mr Conway is a partner at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where according to the law firm's website he specialises in litigation involving securities, mergers and acquisitions.

In the 1990s, Mr Conway wrote the Supreme Court brief that cleared the way for Paula Jones' civil suit against Bill Clinton. The then president's denial of an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during a deposition in the Ms Jones case led to his impeachment trial.  

The report, published first by the Wall Street Journal follows suggestions that Mr Conway was previously being considered for the post of US solicitor general. 

The White House and the Justice Department would not immediately confirm the pick and Mr Conway declined to comment.


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