Bush Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter on Comey Firing: 'It's a Lot Worse Than Watergate'

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F.B.I. Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, says that Watergate was a "third rate burglary" compared to President Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey. Painter joins Forum to discuss the fallout from Comey's dismissal, including President Trump's intimation Friday that he has "secret tapes" of his conversations with the former Director. We'll also hear Painter's take on a letter released Friday by the President's lawyers, who say that his tax returns show only "immaterial" income from Russian sources.


Richard Painter, professor of law, University of Minnesota; chief ethics officer for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007