Bush Ethics Attorney Suggests Both Trump And Pence Should Be Impeached
Vice President Mike Pence should join President Donald Trump in the impeachment hot seat and both men should be removed from office, former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter said following new testimony on Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland implicated several administration officials during his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee — including Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
According to Sondland, both men were “in the loop” regarding Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine’s government to launch investigations into his political opponents, Newsweek reported.
"Sondland -- in a last ditch effort to avoid going to the slammer for perjury - comes clean (at least partly). Trump is going down," Painter tweeted as the ambassador testified. "Senate Republicans need to demand his resignation TODAY!"
Painter later tweeted, "Game over. Send Trump home. Swear in Pence. Continue the investigation." And in yet another post, he said: "In a few weeks the only open question should be whether the evidence is sufficient for President Pence to be impeached by the House and removed by the Senate."
Whether Pence should be impeached appears a moot point, Newsweek noted, as there is little chance that Trump will be removed from office in the first place. At least 20 Senate Republicans would have to break ranks and vote against the president — a highly unlikely outcome.