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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

The Russian collusion saga continues apace. On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Paul J. Manafort and Jared Kushner also attended the meeting.

According to Richard Painter, former ethics lawyer to Pres. George W. Bush, the Trump campaign staff meeting “borders on treason if it’s not treason itself.”

“Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner were both apparently involved in this,” Painter said in an MSNBC interview on Sunday. “And this was an effort to get opposition research on an opponent in an American political campaign from the Russians, who are known to be engaged in spying inside the United States.”

Painter, a frequent critic of Trump allies coordinating with Russia’s cyber operations, has suggested the Trump administration may be guilty of treason before, but never this explicitly.

“We do not get our opposition research from spies. We do not collaborate with Russian spies unless we want to be accused of treason,” he hammered.

“The Bush administration never would have tolerated this,” Painter continued. “And if this story is true, we’d have one of them or both of them in custody by now and we’d be asking them a lot of questions. This is unacceptable.”

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8 responses to “Even Bush’s Ethics Lawyer Is Ready To Use The T-Word About The Trump Administration”

  1. FireBaron says:

    Yes, GWB did have an ethics lawyer. However, like everything else in that administration he was not allowed to say anything to the President without running it by VP Cheney first. After all, you cannot have the President’s ethics lawyer reporting on unethical activities by the VP or his office without clearing it with that VP first!

  2. I of John says:

    The man is right. It does sound like treason.

  3. Now that Bush’s ethics lawyer dares to broach the “T” word, then is this fake news? Did someone at CNN or some “liberal” outlet plant that idea in his head? I wouldn’t be surprised if FOX would suggest such.

  4. dpaano says:

    So true, but we have a bunch of Republicans in the Congress who have decided to bury their heads in the sand and are too chicken to speak up against this crooked administration. Unfortunately, for them, they will end up being painted with the same brush when it comes to upcoming elections (or so we can hope). We have to get EVERYONE out to vote in 2018 rather than sit at home and think about it!

  5. 788eddie says:

    This is really the last straw!

    For years, the Republican Party has had four main tenets:

    Russia is NOT our friend; they want to bury us, and should not be trusted as such.
    Fiscal responsibility.
    Family values.
    Support of the U.S. Constitution.

    Republican leadership has allowed Donald Trump to collude with Russian agents in ways that are very arguably traitorous.

    The House leadership has allowed the passage of a health-care bill without knowing the cost to our country.

    Donald J. Trump has shamefully shown that the GOP leadership does not care any more for family values whatsoever.

    Republican leadership has showm that, while they are in strong support of the second amendment, they have now concerns that the Emoluments clause in Article 1 is being totally ignored.

  6. 788eddie says:

    This is really the last straW

    For years, the Republican Party has had four main tenets:

    • Russia is NOT our friend; they want to bury us, and should not be trusted as such.
    • Fiscal responsibility.
    • Family values.
    • Support of the U.S. Constitution.

    Republican leadership has allowed Donald Trump to collude with Russian agents in ways that are very arguably traitorous.

    The House leadership has allowed the passage of a health-care bill without knowing the cost to our country.

    Donald J. Trump has shamefully shown that the GOP leadership does not care any more for family values whatsoever.

    Republican leadership has showm that, while they are in strong support of the second amendment, they have now concerns that the Emoluments clause in Article 1 is being totally ignored.

    What more can the Republican Party do to blow itself up?

    • Beethoven says:

      Of the four tenets you listed, there has been no real change except for the first. For most of the years since the LBJ administration, the Republican Party has been fairly consistently more anti-Russia than the Democratic Party, at least until the G.W. Bush administration, when they softened a little. But with Trump in the White House, the Republican Party seems to want Russia as an ally rather than an enemy, though Russia (or at least Putin) still considers America their enemy.

      But as for the other tenets: How can anyone argue that the GOP has been the party of fiscal responsibility? They have been calling for a balanced budget, yet their bills showed they were far more interested in lower taxes for rich people, and were willing to balance the budget by cutting out or reducing all forms of help for poor and disadvantaged people in order to provide the lower taxes for rich people without blowing up the budget.

      The family values theme was blown out of the water at least as early as Clinton’s administration, when the Republicans tried to impeach Clinton over a private, consensual dalliance with an adult woman, while the leaders of that impeachment campaign were a congressman who had divorced his first wife while she was sick in the hospital, to marry the mistress with whom he had been cheating on his wife, and later divorced that second wife to marry the mistress with whom he had been cheating on the second wife; and another congressman who ended up resigning after being caught having homosexual relations with under-age boys (in other words, he was a pedophile). The Republican Party over the past 30 or 40 years, if not longer, has had more sexual predators and marital cheaters in office than the Democrats.

      Finally, the Republican Party has shown strong support for the 2nd Amendment, the 10th (“States’ Rights) Amendment, and the religious freedom part of the First Amendment, at least as it applies to Christians, though they seem to think no other religions, or atheists, have any rights under that provision. As for the rest of the Constitution, they don’t seem to care about it unless they can find a way to use it to maintain their power.

      • 788eddie says:

        We are in agreement on all of these points, Beethoven. What I was pointing out was that these tenets were what the GOP claimed for themselves, and are now showing to everyone for the sham that they really were.

        Thank you for your support and eloquence.

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