The former ethics chief for former president George W. Bush had some strong warnings for the current administration.
Richard Painter appeared on CNN Thursday and didn’t hold back. Painter told the panel:
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. Papadopoulos who had his Russian handler, the professor they called him, over in London, and now we’ve got Gates and his Russian agent contact.
Painter wasn’t finished yet. He was just getting started:
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.
Clearly Painter is no fan of President Trump. Last year he criticized the President for his lack of tact when contacting families following the deaths of U.S. soldiers overseas.
At that time Painter had this to say about Trump’s compassion and empathy:
He has no empathy, no understanding of the human emotions of what people go through because he never did it himself, he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was.
“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/luUz3puvor pic.twitter.com/VYobsvkOoA
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 29, 2018
A lot of people were happy Painter wasn’t afraid to speak his mind:
Love Richard… telling it like it is
— Clare (@ClareDa34279952) March 30, 2018
“The slammer”! I love it. Another favorite is “the gray-bar motel”
— Betsy (@betsyfinocchi) March 30, 2018
— DeuceeLou (@hbdoucette2919) March 29, 2018
You always say it like it is Mr. Painter. I don't like many Republicans but I like patriots.
— How to Survive and Thrive in Law School (@AtticusRules) March 31, 2018
Some speculated on who would be doing time in the big house:
I am betting Kushner gets a cell right between Manafort and Flynn.
— Justin Speed (@nasa_swiftious) March 29, 2018
Rick Gates, Trump & Papadapkapadopoulos's favourite breakfast cereal?
Collusion Crunch with a muesli bent!
Watch out you're not pulled under by a strong currant!
— Robert Byrne West (@RobertByrneWes1) March 30, 2018
— BlueVotr (@BlueVotr) March 29, 2018
As long as the JAIL BIRD-IN-CHIEF DJT. goes first and his sacrificial lambs don't serve for him! pic.twitter.com/DX8Gp9d6Px
— FREEDOM RINGS (@wbd39nhldg) March 30, 2018
And others were impatient and wanted something to just happen already:
Mueller better fish or cut bait here really soon.
— Phos (@BobCurrer) March 29, 2018
What's taking so long! Crooked Trump…
— Rosemary (@casadibala) March 30, 2018
Donna was afraid to get her hopes up:
@RWPUSA No ones going2jail. Everybody’s going2be pardoned. Or only low level ppl. Hope I’m wrong so don’t want 2 get hopes up
— Donna Henry (@DonnaHenry75) March 31, 2018
Roland may be on to some truth here:
I think it is all going to come down to money one way or the other
— Roland Jenkins (@Roland_Jenkins) March 29, 2018
So… more waiting to come.
H/T: Huffington Post