White House Ethics Lawyer Makes Shock Tuesday Impeachment Announcement That Will Make You Smile


The war of words between the president and various members of his administration continues to rage on this Tuesday, with the president yet again taking to Twitter to slam Attorney General Jeff Sessions. All appearances are that Trump is trying to pressure Sessions out of office, having written on Tuesday on Twitter that the former Alabama Senator “has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

The president’s digs on Sessions aren’t what concerns former Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter the most. Painter took to Twitter following Trump’s latest anti-Sessions tweet to point out the disturbing revelation that the president is still thinking about prosecuting a former political opponent of his. Clinton has already been thoroughly investigated. There is nothing else to be done in her case — and yet Trump seems hellbent on making her pay.

Not only is this disturbing, Painter says, but according to him, Trump making this assertion that Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted is also an impeachable offense.

Captioning a link to a CNN story about the president’s anti-Sessions and anti-Clinton tweet, Painter wrote:

‘Pressuring AG to prosecute the person who lost the election is an impeachable offense if we value free elections. A President who can get his AG to prosecute a person who lost the election will put an end to free elections. Congress must act now.’

Painter, besides being a former ethics lawyer for President Bush, also serves as Vice Chairman for the government watchdog group known as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. CREW has already led a number of lawsuits against the Trump Administration, including one seeking to establish that Trump really is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause with his personal business holdings after all.

Trump has certainly suggested that Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted in the past, and in light of his increasingly fervent attempts to distract attention from his own team’s potential wrongdoing, he has brought up the potential of her being prosecuted yet again. The reference to the “DNC server” is because Trump holds the Democrats liable for their own hacking by the Russians, having accused them of either staging it or allowing it to happen.

Trump, in suggesting Clinton be prosecuted on these baseless charges, is taking matters that are outside of his jurisdiction into his hands, just like when he “obstructed justice” by firing FBI Director James Comey.

Remember, however, that he will no doubt not face any significant moves for his impeachment while Republicans remain in control of Congress.

Check out Twitter’s thoughts about Painter’s tweet below.

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