Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: Trump takes his oath of office as seriously as his marriage vows

Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: Trump takes his oath of office as seriously as his marriage vows

Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer under former President Bush, on Wednesday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE takes his Oath of Office "about as seriously as he has taken his marriage vows."

"There is the broader ethical issue that he’s been married three times and cheated on all three of his wives. And he takes his oath of office to uphold the Constitution about as seriously as he has taken his marriage vows," Painter said on MSNBC, according to Mediaite. 

Painter's comments came in reference to allegations that Trump had an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels more than a decade ago, and that a $130,000 payment to Daniels was made by Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen for her silence on the matter.

ADVERTISEMENT

The White House has denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Cohen has acknowledged the payment to Daniels, but insisted that the money came out of his bank account and was not tied to Trump's presidential campaign.

Painter said, however, that the limited liability company (LLC) that held the funds used to pay Daniels should have been included on Trump's financial disclosure form. Or, Painter said, if the money came directly from Cohen, it should have been listed as a campaign contribution. 

"We need to get to the bottom of this but it shows the president should not be trusted by his wives or the American people," Painter said.

Painter on Wednesday also announced he is exploring a possible bid for a Minnesota Senate seat.