Attorney Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned on Thursday that President Donald Trump appeared to be committing “felony bribery” by giving Republican senators fundraising cash ahead of an increasingly likely impeachment trial in the Senate.
The lawyer shared an article published by Politico on Thursday morning. Titled “Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash,” the article outlined how the president is turning to his large network of donors to raise funds for a few senators facing difficult re-election campaigns in 2020.
All of those senators have also signed a resolution condemning the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. None of the Senate Republicans have publicly stated that Trump’s actions have amounted to impeachable behavior, but several have expressed serious misgivings and raised concerns.
The senators can raise their own campaign cash.
Any senator who accepts cash from @realDonaldTrump before the impeachment trial is guilty of accepting a bribe and should go to the slammer.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) October 31, 2019