Bush Ethics Lawyer: Lock Cory Up!

UPDATE: As they say, a hundred thousand reasons:


What, me bribery?

Newsweek reports on the fallout from yesterday’s big story covered in this space, fundraising by President Donald Trump on behalf of vulnerable Republican incumbent Senators including Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado ahead of their likely service as jurors in an impeachment trial against the President–a situation that gives rise to pretty straightforward corruption allegations:

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 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…

“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. [Pols emphasis]

Folks, he’s talking about Cory Gardner–and not just with this latest fundraising appeal, but Gardner co-headlining the Trump campaign’s fall fundraising “retreat” and joining President Trump personally for a joint National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) fundraiser later this month. It’s a fair question that really only applies at a high-drama moment like impeachment, when the Senate has the power to remove a President: at what point does Gardner’s acceptance of Trump’s largesse stop being party loyalty and become something closer to bribery?

There’s the legal question, then there’s the optics. For the purposes of Gardner’s political survival, neither seem helpful.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    One of the first of many, MANY elements that demonstrate an impeachment trial is not a criminal or civil trial. 

    No matter how many times Senators offer the thought that each of them is a jury member so it is inappropriate to comment on something related to the trial, the Senators are not jurors.  With only 80 impeachment investigations, 20 impeachment resolutions, and 16 impeachment trials (including the 2 Presidents) in the 232 years of our Constitution, everybody is going to be making things up on the fly.

  2. MADCO says:

    Would I have standing as a constituent to initiate litigation? (yes, I am asking for free legal advice, well aware of getting what I pay for.) 

    know I can fundraise

  3. Moderatus says:

    Ridiculous. If this is your standard every politician that ever was should go to jail. You're never going to impeach Trump and it's affecting your judgment. Quit while you're ahead.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Moron.  It’s not about accepting donations, it’s about accepting bribes . . . 
      . . . unless you’re admitting that every $100K donation is really just a kind of bribe?   In which case you might accidentally be right about something, . . . 

      (. . .and I don’t want to ponder the apocalyptic implications of that fucking possibility, today.)

    • unnamed says:

      You're never going to impeach Trump and it's affecting your judgment. 

      What?  Are enough members of the House majority Democrats going to vote against impeaching him?  Do you not know that Impeachment is done in the House and the trial in the Senate?  You're great with predictions.  Ask Governor Cynthia Coffman, Still-Congressman Mike Coffman, and Attorney General George Brauchler.  To say nothing of Speaker Kevin McCarthy.  Maybe YOU should quit while your're ahead?  Is it ahead?  No.  It's behind.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    A few more stripes on Cory besides the one already down his back might be a good look?

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