On Monday, during his interview with CBS News’ Red & Blue, Richard Painter stated that there is “far more evidence of abuse of power and obstruction” against Trump than there ever was against Richard Nixon.
He also believes that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence should be removed from office.
Painter stated, “We’re well beyond that point and yet the House and the Senate won’t do anything at all.”
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He added that there is “very strong evidence” that Trump violated the Emoluments Clause through his company’s business dealings with foreign governments. He goes on and also says that he has potentially violated the First Amendment for the failed travel ban.
Painter stated, “Going after President Trump’s abuse of power and violations of the constitution needs to be the number one priority.”
He described Trump’s behavior as “unprecedented even in the most conservative circles of the Republican Party.”
He also added that Trump’s “abuse of power in office, his violation of the constitution, his rhetoric … borders on fascist.”
He continued, “I think this president is a great risk to our democracy and he has shown that since he was elected.”
Painter is the former White House chief ethics counsel who served in the Bush administration from 2005 to 2007. He is now running for Al Franken’s U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota as a Democrat.
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