White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's lawyer husband, George Conway, this week withdrew his name from consideration for heading the Justice Department's civil division.

Reports from Reuters and the legal news website Above the Law said Conway sent a letter to the White House pulling out ahead of his expected nomination to defend the Trump administration against lawsuits.

In a statement, Conway said he was "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 public sector and take on a new role in the federal government."

Conway is currently an attorney at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Reports in December said President Trump had also considered naming him solicitor general.