Richard W. Painter
S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law

Prof. Painter Interviewed on CNN About President-Elect Trump’s Potential Conflicts of Interest

Professor Richard W. Painter—former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush—appeared on CNN to discuss President-elect Trump’s potential conflicts of interest and how he might order his business affairs before he is inaugurated in January. Upholding that Trump should ultimately arrange for a blind trust, Prof. Painter said, “He has chosen to run for president of the United States, and he’s won the election. His job over the next four years is to be president, not to have his name be used to market buildings. I think that creates too many avenues for actual or perceived corruption, and that will undermine his ability to be a good president.”