Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter suggested that President Donald Trump seemed to be committing “felony bribery” by giving Republican senators fundraising cash just before the impeachment hearing.
The attorney posted a Politico article that was released Thursday morning, titled “Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash.”
The news article is detailing the way Trump is using his donors to raise funds for a few senators facing difficult re-election campaigns in 2020. All of those senators have also signed a resolution condemning the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, Newsweek reports.
“This is a bribe. Any other American who offered cash to the jury before a trial would go to prison for felony bribery. But he can get away with it?” Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, wrote on Twitter. “Criminal.”
In a follow-up tweet, Painter argued that GOP lawmakers who accept the fundraising support should face criminal charges as well.
“The senators can raise their own campaign cash. Any senator who accepts cash from @realDonaldTrump before the impeachment trial is guilty of accepting a bribe and should go to the slammer,” he tweeted.