Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters does not like President Trump, not one bit as the two have clashed since he first entered the Oval Office.
Since that historic day on January 20, 2017, when Trump was inaugurated, Waters has claimed that he is a “criminal” and should be impeached. Day after day it seemed that Waters was calling for the removal of the president, that is until House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi shut her colleague’s request down.
Waters was mum on the issue for months… until recently.
Now, she’s back, parroting her usual line: “The president is a criminal,” the Washington Examiner reports. And, “This criminal must be brought up by the Congress of the United States for impeachment.”
“The president is a criminal. The president worked with Cohen, instructed him to go and pay these women to be quiet, to shut them up,” the California Democrat said about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who recently struck a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Examiner reports. “The president was not just simply complicit in all of this, he is the one that initiated this with his attorney. This criminal must be brought up by the Congress of the United States for impeachment. And if we don’t … we’re derelict in our duty.”
From the report:
Waters’ comments follow federal prosecutors in New York Friday filing a sentencing memo recommending that Cohen spend a “substantial” amount of time in prison for a range of charges, including two related to efforts ahead of the 2016 election to silence women such as porn star Stormy Daniels from going public about their alleged extramarital affairs with Trump years ago. Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York on Friday also asserted that Cohen told them he had committed some of the crimes “in coordination with and at the direction of individual one,” who is widely believed to be Trump.
Despite the evident reticence of many of her Democratic colleagues to commence impeachment proceedings against Trump when they seize power of the House in the next Congress, Waters was adamant they must try to boot the president from the White House.
It seems Waters is bringing the issue back up as Democrats won back a majority in the House, where the impeachment process officially begins.
“There are some who say it would be too disruptive, we’ve got too many other things to do. I have said over and over again we can walk and we can chew gum at the same time,” Waters said, who is expected to garner a chairmanship in the House Finance Committee during the next session of Congress. “We cannot continue with the president who lies.”
The California Democrat is not alone in her calls to impeach Trump, as Congressman Jerry Nadler also brought the issue. Nadler, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress which begins next year, alleged to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that Trump committed “impeachable offenses,” the Daily Wire reports.
“Well, they would be impeachable offenses, whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” Nadler said, via the New York Post. “But certainly they’d be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office, that would be an impeachable offense.”
Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff, who is expected to lead the House Intelligence Committee in January, recently said he too believes Trump will resign amid an indictment from the Justice Department.
“My takeaway is there’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” Schiff said, per the New York Post.
Absent any criminal indictments from the Justice Department, it is unlikely the House will initiate the impeachment process. Should they decide to proceed anyway, a subsequent vote to prosecute Trump would then be held in a Republican-majority Senate, furthering the unlikeliness of an actual impeachment.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.