New York lawyer George Conway, the husband of Trump’s Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, sent a letter to the White House Wednesday withdrawing his name from consideration to head the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, citing it’s “not the right time for me to leave the private sector,” as reported by The Hill.
According to a media outlet Above the Law, Conway shared the news with friends and colleagues earlier this week, stating the following reasons for his withdrawal:
“I am profoundly grateful to the President and to the Attorney General for selecting me to serve in the Department of Justice. I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government. Kellyanne and I continue to support the President and his Administration, and I look forward to doing so in whatever way I can from outside the government.”
The position of Justice Department civil head would be responsible for defending Trump’s travel ban, which has been blocked in federal court. The administration announced this week it would seek to defend the ban in the Supreme Court.
The report also states that Conway had been previously considered for the role of solicitor general, but the job instead went to Noel Francisco.
Conway is currently a partner at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
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