The former chief White House ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration examined the legal and ethical issues before special counsel Robert Mueller surrounding Donald Trump’s alleged payment of hush money to former porn star Stormy Daniels.
“What ethical issue is there here from your perspective?” Hayes asked Professor Richard Painter.
“Well, the whole thing is disgusting,” Painter stated with clear revulsion.
Painter observed, “now we have this, using hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy off silence from some porn star that he’s having some kinky sex with.”
“And now he’s going to fly down to Mar-a-Lago, get $100,000 a head on some fund-raiser and guess who’s going to pay for him to fly down there on Air force one. Us, the taxpayers,” Painter continued.
“That’s the big picture here, he probably does not have legal liability with respect to this payment, the prosecution theory in the John Edwards case I think was a very weak one,” Painter explained.
“If he engaged in money laundering or anything like that, he could get in trouble,” he continued. “I don’t think he made the mistakes that Dennis Hastert made when he was trying to buy silence of people he had actually sexually abused as children.”
“But the main point here is Donald Trump uses these LLCs and all these shell entities — and he has hundreds of them — for all sorts of purposes and paying off porn stars who had affairs with is only one of his purposes,” Painter said.
“He may be getting money from the Russians,” Painter suggested. “I mean, Robert Mueller needs to get to the bottom of what’s going on with the finances.”
“Every time Robert Mueller goes there, Trump gets upset, which means there’s something there,” Painter concluded.