Sunday, January 1, 2017

Filipino/American on short list for Trump's Solicitor General

The family of Kellyanne and George Conway is apparently fans of the New York Yankees.s
PSST! Normally, we're the first to shout from the mountain top if a Filipino/American gets into a position of influence, but I'm not sure about this one: A Filipino/American has the inside track to become a member of President-elect Donald Trump's inner circle.

Yale Law School graduate George Conway is reportedly being strongly considered for Solicitor General, the third highest position in the Justice Department, reported Bloomberg.
Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager who is now one of his senior advisers.

CNN reported that her husband, who is Filipino American, has been interviewed by Alabama Sen. Jeff Session, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General.
If nominated and confirmed, Conway would defend the Trump administration’s positions before the nation’s high court and also decide what to do with top litigation priorities for the Obama administration in lower courts ― including pending disputes over the Affordable Care Act, transgender rights and immigration.

Reports indicate Conway would accept the position if offered. He would be the first Asian American solicitor general in U.S. history.

His conservative credentials are solid. Conway is a corporate lawyer who has represented high profile clients such as tobacco giant Philip Morris and the National Football League. He also wrote a Supreme Court brief in Paula Jone’s sexual harassment case against then President Bill Clinton,

Conway is listed as an expert on the website of The Federalist Society, the conservative legal group that handpicked some of the names Trump will consider for Supreme Court. He once co-authored a paper for the collective against giving former felons the right to vote, according to the Huffington Post.

Whoever becomes solicitor general would have a tough job defending the man who would be president's business holdings against conflict of interest laws. Legal and ethics experts argue that the president-elect’s numerous and global business interests raise conflicts of interest that could run afoul of the Constitution, which in turn could lead to court challenges.