George W. Bush Ethics Lawyer Drops Impeachment Bomb On Trump!

A former White House ethics lawyer who served under former President George W. Bush urged Congress on Thursday to send a clear message to President Donald Trump: Firing special counsel Robert Mueller would lead to Trump’s impeachment.

Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer for Bush from 2005 to 2007, wrote in a Twitter post that “bye-bye Mueller” should lead to Congress saying “bye-bye” to Trump.

“Otherwise bye-bye Congress 2018,” Painter wrote.

Painter currently serves as vice chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C.

Mueller, the special counsel leading the federal probe into Russian election meddling, has expanded the scope of his investigation in recent weeks.

The probe has now reportedly expanded to include an investigation into whether Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was an attempt to obstruct justice.

Painter’s message to Congress was an apparent reference to Trump’s warning to Mueller on Wednesday, during an interview with The New York Times, against investigating his family’s personal finances as part of the ever-expanding Russia probe.

“If Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?” Trump was asked during the interview.

“I would say yes,” Trump responded.

“I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia,” Trump later added.

Bloomberg confirmed in a report Thursday that Mueller had expanded his probe to investigate Trump’s personal finances and business transactions.

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said in an email to Bloomberg that the president’s personal business transactions “are in my view well beyond the mandate of the special counsel.”

Trump also publicly questioned Mueller’s credibility during his Wednesday interview with The Times. He suggested that the appointment of Mueller as special counsel was a conflict of interest because Trump had previously interviewed Mueller for the role of FBI director.

Trump said Mueller was appointed as special counsel the day after their interview.

The president’s comments have been leading many to speculate that he was considering firing Mueller.

Painter isn’t the only person urging Trump not to fire Mueller. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told reporters Thursday it would be a “mistake” if Trump fired Mueller.

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