In an interview Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that President Trump is a “criminal” who should be impeached.
Waters said, “Well, I hate to say it but it’s like I’m going to say it, I told you so. Remember I started out talking about this president even before the inauguration. I talked about him being a despicable character. I talked about him not being worthy of the presidency United States of America.”
Waters went on a rant, taking everything that Michael Cohen accused President Trump of doing as fact, ignoring that Cohen changed his story several times under duress from Robert Mueller who was threatening him with a long term jail sentence.
“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,” Waters said. “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 do it, we’re derelict in our duty.”
While President Trump has not been convicted of any crimes related to the payments, Waters is already acting as if the president is a convicted criminal.
Waters also criticized some critics saying that the impeachment proceedings would distract from important issues.
“There are some who say that 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,” the California Democrat said, who will likely be the next chair of the House Financial Services Committee. “[…] We cannot continue with the president who lies.”
Waters went on to gave examples of issues that happened before Trump was in office, but did not give any criminal reasons to move forward with impeachment. Waters has a history of going after Trump and his supporters, and it seems like their feud may be rekindled due to her comments.
With Waters about to assume the position as the chair of the ultra-powerful House Financial Services Committee, there is no telling how far she will go to see that President Trump is impeached.
The House Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges. Additionally, the Committee also has jurisdiction over monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations, and efforts to combat terrorist financing.
The Committee oversees the Nation’s economy through its oversight of the Federal Reserve Board and individual reserve banks, the Treasury, the production and distribution of currency, and the Nation’s capital markets.
Agencies under oversight by the Committee include: the Federal Reserve, Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Export-Import Bank.
Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling is the current chair of the House Financial Services Committee, a legislative body that has investigative powers over an extremely broad range of matters:
Hensarling has declined to subpoena records related to the Trump administration and once dubbed the House Financial Services Committee “impeachment central” over efforts by its highest ranking Democrat, Maxine Waters, to criticize the Trump administration when its members have testified before the committee:
Waters has used her position as ranking member on the panel to slam Trump and his Cabinet. She was among the first Democrats to call for Trump’s ouster, saying just two weeks after his inauguration that “my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment.”
With the power of her new position on the committee, there can be no doubt that Waters will spend the next two years abusing her power to go after President Trump to ensure if nothing else that he is steeped in legal battles and distractions that take away from the success of his presidency.