George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, unleashed on Republicans in a surprise appearance on MSNBC during public impeachment hearing

George ConwayGeorge T. Conway III, husband of White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, attends the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said 21,000 people are expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and an open critic of President Donald Trump, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to support the public impeachment hearings.
  • His appearance on MSNBC is one of his first televised interviews to speak out against the president, according to The New York Times.
  • Conway is one of the few conservatives in the public sphere who has openly denounced Trump's conduct during his presidency, as support for the president has largely followed party lines.
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George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and an open critic of President Donald Trump, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday as a surprise guest to discuss the public impeachment hearings.

Conway joined a panel of guests, his chyron simply reading, "conservative attorney." His appearance on MSNBC is one of his first televised interviews to speak out against the president, according to The New York Times.

"I don't, frankly, want to be on television," he said on MSNBC, adding that he felt compelled to appear to raise more concern for Trump's conduct throughout the impeachment probe. "I just don't get why people can't see this, and why people are refusing to see this. It's appalling to me."

Conway is one of the few conservatives in the public arena who has denounced Trump's conduct during his presidency, as support for the president has largely followed party lines.

"I'm horrified. I'm appalled," he said. "If you had told me three years ago it would come to this, I wouldn't have believed this. I don't think I could have imagined a president, any president, engaging in this sort of conduct."

"This is about putting the country, the law, truth, above partisanship," Conway said.

During the segment, he responded to the first televised impeachment hearings and lashed out at fellow Republicans for "shooting away their credibility" in their defenses for the president.

"Sometimes when you're defending people, you have to admit there was something that's not quite right, and that preserves some credibility," Conway said on the segment. "Republicans are just shooting away their credibility; they have none."

He went on to applaud Bill Taylor, who served as the top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, a senior State Department official, for testifying in the impeachment probe on Wednesday.

"These men are talking about duty and honor and country and freedom," Conway said. "Those words mean nothing to Donald Trump. Because all Donald Trump cares about, again, is himself."

Conway has openly criticized the president despite his wife serving the Trump administration. He wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post calling Trump a "racist president," and often expresses his concern surrounding the Trump presidency via Twitter.

The president has taken shots at the conservative attorney as well, calling him a "loser" and a "husband from hell."

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