WASHINGTON — It’s no secret that George Conway, conservative attorney and husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is a critic of President Trump. Known for posting subtle digs on Twitter, he has broadened his audience in recent months by slamming the president in op-eds published in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Monday night, the president’s son snapped: “Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all,’’ Eric Trump wrote on Twitter.
Kellyanne Conway is a ‘‘great person,’’ he added, and her husband’s actions ‘‘are horrible.’’ He didn’t indicate what, if anything, had prompted him to speak out. But his comments came hours after Conway implied the president’s Monday tweetstorm, in which he appeared to be trying to discourage longtime adviser Roger Stone from testifying against him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, could be considered witness tampering.
In a move that could be considered obstruction of justice, said legal experts who spoke to The Washington Post, Trump praised Stone for promising never to testify to against him. ‘‘Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’ ” he wrote.
Moments later, Conway shared the president’s tweet and added some thoughts of his own. ‘‘File under ‘18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512,’’’ he wrote, referencing the federal witness-tampering statute.
Eric Trump’s tweet followed about nine hours later. While Conway did not respond directly to the president’s son on Twitter, he retweeted a selection of rebuttals that had been posted by others.
First, he shared a tweet from CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti, who had asked Eric Trump:
‘‘How does noting that your father engaged in witness tampering today disrespect Kellyanne Conway?’’
Next, Conway retweeted the author Reza Aslan, who had written:
‘‘Wait. Did I miss something? Did George Conway pay money to have sex with a porn star right after his wife gave birth?’’
The third and final post that Conway shared came from Ian Bassin, executive director of the nonpartisan group Protect Democracy, who had his own spin on Eric Trump’s comments.
‘‘Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect the Trumps show toward the rule of law, the presidency and its place of work, and everything this nation has fought SO hard to achieve might top them all,’’ Bassin’s tweet said.
‘‘Donald Trump is terrible person and frankly his actions are horrible.’’
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer won’t run for White House, he says
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to national prominence representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in litigation against President Trump, said Tuesday that he would not seek the presidency in 2020, citing concerns from family members.
‘‘I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run,’’ Avenatti said in a statement in which he did not detail the concerns.
Avenatti said he would continue to represent Daniels ‘‘and others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office, and our republic and its values are restored.’’
Avenatti had endured a string of bad publicity in recent weeks, including an arrest in Los Angeles last month on suspicion of domestic violence, an allegation he called ‘‘completely bogus.’’
Biden says he’s most suited to be the next president
Joe Biden, the former vice president, said Monday that he considers himself ‘‘the most qualified person in the country’’ to be president and that he would make a decision about moving forward with a 2020 bid in the next two months.
His comments came during a book-tour stop at the University of Montana at which Biden also acknowledged he has some liabilities, including being a ‘‘gaffe machine,’’ but said none of those would scare him away from running.
Biden, 76, would join what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats, including several senators, who are looking to topple President Trump.
‘‘I’ll be as straight with you as I can,’’ Biden said, according to accounts from CNN and local news media. ‘‘ I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.’’
Those issues, he said, include ‘‘the plight of the middle class and foreign policy.’’
‘‘Even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,’’ added Biden, a former senator from Delaware.
Biden was interviewed by author and television personality Bruce Feiler, who ticked off some potential liabilities of a Biden campaign. Among them: his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee during the Anita Hill hearings, his co-sponsorship of a 1994 crime bill that many Democrats have long since repudiated, and his reputation as a ‘‘gaffe machine.’’
‘‘I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth,’’ Biden said, referring to Trump. ‘‘I’m ready to litigate all those things. The question is what kind of nation are we becoming? What are we going to do? Who are we?’’