George Conway said “any fair jury” would have convicted Trump of handling classified documents.
While on “The New Abnormal” podcast, Conway also said that a powerful lawyer couldn’t do much for Trump.
“The only way he had to get out of it was to basically turn over the documents a year ago,” Conway said.
Conservative attorney George Conway said in a recent interview that it would be difficult for “any fair-minded jury” not to convict former President Donald Trump of his handling of classified and top-secret material after he left the White House.
During an episode of The Daily Beast’s “The New Abnormal” with reporter Molly Jong-Fast, Conway said he “can’t guarantee” the former president will be jailed, but said “there’s a reasonable possibility.”
“I think it’s going to be very difficult for the Justice Department to decline to prosecute him,” Conway said. “I think before any fair jury, he should be convicted based on what we’re seeing. There’s still more evidence to come out, but everything points to him being in a lot of trouble, and we haven’t seen everything the Justice Department has.”
When Jong-Fast asked what a “good lawyer” could do for Trump, Conway replied, “Nothing.”
“The mistakes he made, he already made them,” Conway said. “The only way he had to get out of it was basically to turn over the documents a year ago and not screw up the government. They wouldn’t have fired him, even though if you or I — if we’d taken that shit home — we’d be in jail.”
Last month, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida was searched by the FBI, where federal officials recovered several boxes of classified and top-secret documents.
Later publication of the investigation revealed that agents were seeking documents related to possible violations of the Espionage Act, which prohibits the unauthorized removal of defense-related information that could assist a foreign government. Trump is also being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.
The documents — regardless of whether they were considered classified or not — were supposed to be turned over to the National Archives upon the former president’s departure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the Presidential Records Act.
Conway said one issue for the former president was the preservation of classified documents despite the fact that one of his lawyers signed a statement to the Justice Department informing them that all records had been turned over.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Conway said on the podcast. “It makes everything worse because [Trump’s lawyers are] they do what he wants them to do. He wants to go on the attack.”
“The problem is that he has no weapons to go on the offensive. And he has no legal arguments. He has no defense. He only has lies,” he added.
Conway, who is married to Trump’s former 2016 presidential campaign manager and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, has in recent years attracted a large following on social media and has become a frequent presence on cable television for the intense his criticism of the former president – a huge contrast to his wife’s longstanding support for the former commander-in-chief.
Kellyanne Conway told CNN earlier this summer that there was “a lot of damage” to her marriage linked to her husband’s opposition to Trump, which she also described in her memoir, “Here’s the Deal.”
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