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Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: Donald Trump ‘will conform with the Constitution or we will remove him’

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Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, warned on Monday that Donald Trump “will be impeached” if he continues refusing to conform to the U.S. Constitution.

In a Monday interview on Australia’s ABC News, Painter said that he hoped that Trump would “figure this out” when it came to understanding the Constitution’s ban on receiving profits from foreign governments and the protections it gives to the rights of Americans.

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“He did what he needed to do to be a successful businessman, he figured that out and he now has to figure out how to be a successful president,” Painter explained. “But he is going to need to sell his business interests, he’s going to need to stop giving inflammatory speeches and not try to politicize our intelligence services.”

The former Bush adviser said the FBI and Director James Comey engaged in “illegal political activity before the election [and] we don’t want any more of that.”

“We want a president to be an effective president within the bounds set forth by the Constitution,” Painter continued. “A president who cannot do that will be impeached. But I don’t think Donald Trump is going to choose that route.”

Painter specifically cautioned Trump not to run afoul of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bans presidents from receiving things of value from foreign governments.

“That also means the provisions of the constitution that protect Americans from discrimination based on their religious faith,” he continued. “We are not going to be keeping a registry of Muslims, we are not going to be deporting Muslims, we’re not going to be barring people from coming into our country because of their religion.”

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“He is going to need to comply with the Constitution in order to be a good president, in order to remain as president. We will remove a president who cannot comply with the Constitution.”

Watch the video below from ABC 730.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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