Former White House Ethics Chief during the George W. Bush era, Richard Painter, believes that the Russia investigation will lead to people in Trump’s orbit going to jail.
Painter told CNN Thursday evening: “We know there was collusion. The president can deny it all he wants, but we have the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian agents. We have Mr Papadopoulous who had this Russian handler — the professor, they called him — over in London. And now we’ve got Rick Gates and his Russian agent contact.
“We’re going to have people going to the slammer over this, the question is who, and how high up this is going to reach…the notion there’s no collusion is just ridiculous” – Richard Painter, former White House Ethics Lawyer for President George W. Bush https://t.co/luUz3puvorpic.twitter.com/VYobsvkOoA
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 29, 2018
During the Out Front panel discussion, Richard Painter added:
“A lot of people are lying about their contacts with the Russians, and that’s criminal, so we’re going to have people going to the slammer over this. The question is who and how high up this is going to reach with respect to criminal conduct. But the notion there’s ‘no collusion’ is just ridiculous. There is collusion, and we know it by now.”
Mr. Painter has been a longtime critic of President Trump, and has frequently called out the president and members of his administration for their total disregard for ethics and transparency. The day prior to his “Out Front” panel apperance, he tweeted the following:
Meanwhile down at the Hotel Emolumentum….
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 28, 2018