Former Bush Ethics Lawyer: 'This Is Treason' | Crooks and Liars
"Richard Painter, former White House ethics counsel, responded to Reid that he would never have authorized a president to usher the attorney general out of the room so the president could have a private conversation with the FBI director investigating his campaign. "Absolutely not," he said. "This is clear evidence of obstruction of justice." "Now we hear that administration officials in the transition team were trying to establish secret communication, encrypted communications with the Russians. All I can say is, if President Obama's transition team tried that, President Bush's team would have made sure they got locked up, would have told the president-elect 'pick up your men in Guantanamo on January 20. "This is treason," he said bluntly."