Fifteen law professors specializing in legal ethics from around the country have filed a complaint against Kellyanne Conway. They come from Georgetown, Yale, Duke and other premiere institutions of legal study. The letter was filed with the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel and alleges “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation”. It says, in part,
“We do not file this complaint lightly. We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway, understood her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer and abided by them. But she is currently acting in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession.”
Conway was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1995, but is currently suspended for not paying her dues. The maximum penalty that could result from this action is disbarment. Conway is not practicing law in D.C. and has no intention of doing so. In other words, none of this is going to matter one bit. And if someone still thinks that an action like this will result in any shame or remorse on Conway’s part, well, they haven’t been paying attention – that ship sailed months ago. More likely we’ll be hearing about “a politically motivated attack by so-called lawyers”, or “lawyers being paid by George Soros, blah blah blah”.
The Trump team is not bound by the rules and conventions that every previous administration has held themselves to, and that every previous congress has required. This letter is just another whisper soon to be lost in the hurricane of chaos surrounding Trump.
All bets are off, folks. There is a new standard in play: if Trump or someone in his circle does it, it’s OK.
If you doubt it, just think about what we’d be enduring now if the tables were turned. Imagine Hillary Clinton had been elected while receiving 3 million fewer votes than Trump, that there was evidence that the Russians had actively aided her campaign, that she refused to reveal her taxes (a historic first!) which might reveal her Russian business interests, etc. etc. etc.
This hypothetical is posed by David Frum, a neoconservative political commentator and former speech writer for George W. Bush, in a podcast discussion with Sam Harris, entitled We’re All Cucks Now. Give it a listen – it’s well worth it.