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

Prof. Richard Painter Co-Authors Washington Post Op-Ed on Potential DOJ Prosecution of Donald Trump

Professor Richard Painter, with co-author Claire Finkelstein, recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing that any prosecution of Donald Trump by the Department of Justice must include the most serious crimes that he has been accused of, including "his conduct on Jan. 6 and in the weeks leading up to it." Painter and Finkelstein elaborate,"Restricting a federal prosecution to two rather obscure-sounding charges—and a possible third relating to the integrity of the process—would not only downplay the seriousness of Trump’s offenses but could also exacerbate the view that any such prosecution is politically motivated."