[ President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back
on impeachment - and sending a message to those who dont to get on
board. Richard Painter, who served as George Bushs top ethics lawyer,
accused Trump of bribery.] [https://portside.org/] 



 Jason Lemon 
 October 31, 2019

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 _ President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back on
impeachment - and sending a message to those who don't to get on
board. Richard Painter, who served as George Bush's top ethics lawyer,
accused Trump of bribery. _ 

 President Donald Trump. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images // Politico, 


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
[https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/31/trump-impeachment-senators-donor-062084] 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.

"This is a bribe. Any other American who offered cash to the jury
before a trial would go to prison for felony bribery. But he can get
away with it?" Painter, a law professor at the University of
Minnesota, wrote on Twitter
[https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/1189875106165723138]. "Criminal."


In a follow-up tweet, Painter argued that GOP lawmakers who accept the
fundraising support should face criminal charges as well.

"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," he tweeted

The House of Representatives on Thursday will vote on a resolution
which is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled body, to outline the
formal impeachment inquiry rules. The resolution will allow for public
hearings and the release of transcripts of closed-door depositions.
This is not a vote to impeach the president, which is expected to come
later after the public hearings. As things stand now, most lawmakers
and analysts believe the president will be formally impeached by
Congress' lower chamber.

After that, the Senate will be required to take up the inquiry and
carry out a trial for the president. As the upper chamber is
Republican controlled, it is considered highly unlikely that Trump
will be found guilty and removed from office. The president's removal
requires a two-thirds majority vote, and the Senate is made up of 53
Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents, who caucus with the

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.

"There's lot of things that concern me," GOP Senator Tim Scott of
South Carolina said Wednesday, _The Hill_ reported

"The question on the table is impeachment, and that's the question we
should get an answer to, and the answer so far is 'For what would we
impeach the president?'" he said. "And the answer is 'I don't see
anything for that.'"

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