Richard W. Painter (born October 3, 1961) is an American lawyer and the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He was the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration from 2005–2007. Since January 2017, he has been suing Donald Trump over his refusal to sell assets and put others in a blind trust, alleging that Trump is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause.
From 2002 to 2005, he was the Guy Raymond and Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, and from 2005 to 2007 the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. As of May 2017, he is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Painter is the vice-chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
In January 2017, Painter filed suit against U.S. President Donald Trump for failing to sell off certain assets and place others in a blind trust, as all presidents have done for over 40 years. According to Painter, "If Obama had tried that, we would have impeached him in two weeks." Painter alleges that certain foreign payments that Trump receives are in violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause. Trump's son Eric has called this suit "purely harassment for political gain."
Painter's wife Karen is a professor of music history at the University of Minnesota. They have three children, and have lived in Minnesota since 2007.
Painter is a long-time Republican.
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