Tuesday, January 31, 2017

#UMNDriven (for once, without irony)

From the Star Tribune:

Painter is a top ethics scholar who worked as Republican President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007. But he has picked a fight with the GOP’s latest White House resident for refusing to sell off some assets and place the rest into a blind trust, as every president has done for the past four decades. Instead, Trump has turned them over to his sons to manage and promised not to ask about them.

“If Obama had tried that,” Painter said, “we would have impeached him in two weeks.”

So Painter has put his reputation on the line. Through essays, interviews and now a high-profile lawsuit, he continually tells anyone who will listen that Trump’s potential for personal gain or loss from the properties and companies he continues to own creates an unconstitutional conflict with his charge to do what is best for the country.

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