Bush White House chief ethics counsel Richard Painter told CBS News on Monday that there is more evidence to charge President Trump with a crime than there ever was against former President Richard Nixon, and called on Trump and Vice President Pence to be removed from office.
“We’re well beyond that point and yet the House and the Senate won’t do anything at all,” Painter said.
Painter said there is also “very strong evidence” to suggest that Trump’s family business dealings have violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
Trump is currently facing an emoluments lawsuit in connection with his Washington, D.C., hotel.
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Trump’s attempted travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries also potentially violated the First Amendment, Painter said.
“Going after President Trump’s abuse of power and violations of the Constitution needs to be the number one priority,” Painter said, adding that Trump’s behavior is “unprecedented.”
“I think this president is a great risk to our democracy and he has shown that since he was elected,” he said.
Painter is currently running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota against Sen. Tina Smith (D).