Richard Painter, who served as the ethics czar during the George W. Bush administration, warned Thursday that President Donald Trump may well be working for Russia to destabilize the United States.
“This is very dangerous for the United States of America,” Painter explained during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday morning. “Unlike Watergate, this involves a foreign power that has apparently infiltrated our government through influencing an election. Then we have the financial relationships with the Trump Organization and perhaps members of Congress. Russia may very well have information on members of Congress that allows Russia to blackmail them.”
Painter added that he’s elated the House Intelligence Committee, now under the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), will be conducting real oversight and investigations of Trump.
“Finally, the House Intelligence Committee is going to be doing something,” Painter said. “They’ve been sitting on their hands for two years harassing the FBI.”
Painter mocked Trump for claiming “presidential harassment,” saying the only person doing the harassing is Trump.
Asked about Trump’s comments on Twitter Thursday morning in which he claimed Democrats were engaged in “presidential harassment,” Painter mocked Trump saying the only person doing the harassing is Trump.
“He’s been going after the press and immigrants and religious minorities, his own cabinet members, members of Congress,” Painter said. “He’s flailing around here, but it’s quite obvious he’s in serious trouble. I don’t know if he’s a Russian mole or not, but he’s certainly acting like it.”