Maxine Waters: "I Am Pleased That I Started The Conversation Early" on Trump Impeachment


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) fretted that the Congress won't impeach the president because not all the facts are in and special counsel Robert Mueller has not concluded his probe. Waters said Democrats are waiting for Mueller to provide proof on Trump-Russian collusion, whether the president obstructed justice, or if he committed "some other kinds of crime" to be able to impeach him.

In an interview with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday, she said Trump defined himself early on as someone who was "incapable of being a legitimate president." Waters said since she started the "conversation" on impeachment very early on in the Trump presidency, you have heard impeachment more and more.

"I know that the Congress of the United States is slow and reticent to do it without having all of the facts and we're waiting on Mueller to come back with the information that would either say he colluded with the Russian government or he obstructed justice or he committed some other kinds of crime," Waters said.

"We want to hear what Cohen has to say," Waters continued. "He's been subpoenaed. He has additional information. And so we have a ways to go but I believe that I've been right all along, that I was able to understand what he's all about."

Waters said she was "pleased" that she started the "conversation" on impeachment "early" in the Trump presidency because "you will hear impeachment being talked about more and more."

"I am pleased that I started the conversation early," she said. "I believe that the president early on had defined himself as someone who was incapable of being a legitimate president. So I started the conversation. Of course, we got a lot of criticism. I got a lot of criticism but he has been defining himself ever since. And you will hear impeachment being talked about more and more."

Waters also warned Trump about threats in upcoming negotiations with Democrats after the reopening of the partial shutdown. She said Democrats "don't play threats" and will not be intimidated by Trump. Waters said he put the country in "danger" when the government was partially shut down following an impasse between Democrats and the president.

Wilson asked Waters if she is "slowing the roll" on pushing for impeachment proceedings.

"I'm never going to change my mind on it," Waters responded. "I said what I believe in. I'm going to move forward as the chair doing legitimate work of the Financial Services Committee. That doesn't stop me from doing that."

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