Attorney Richard Painter, who previously served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s administration, claimed that President Donald Trump committed “felony bribery” by providing Republican senators fundraising cash ahead of his impeachment trial in the Senate, according to Newsweek.
Painter, currently a law professor at the University of Minnesota, shared an article published by Politico on Thursday morning which outlined how the president turned to his vast network of donors to raise funds for senators facing difficult reelection campaigns in 2020.
All of the senators that Trump provided money to have 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 tweeted.
“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 continued in a follow-up tweet.
Although most lawmakers and analysts believe the president will be formally impeached by Congress’ lower chamber, the upper chamber is Republican controlled.
Thus far, several Senate Republicans have expressed concerns, yet none have publicly stated that Trump’s actions have amounted to impeachable behavior.