Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘I Haven’t Forgot About 45 …. I Still Think He Needs to Be Impeached’

By Melanie Arter | April 1, 2019 | 3:38 PM EDT

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( – Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) used her acceptance speech for the NAACP Chairman’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday to once again call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

“So I haven’t forgot about 45. He’s appointed an attorney general who thinks he can hold the special counsel’s report from the American people. I still think he needs to be impeached. I have the gavel, and subpoena power, and I’m not afraid to use it,” Waters said.


She began her speech talking about her new leadership role as chair of the House Financial Services Committee and that Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan resigned from the company days after he appeared before the committee. She also bragged about creating the first subcommittee on diversity and inclusion.



Tonight, I stand before you as the first woman and the first African-American to chair the powerful U.S. House Financial Services Committee, and it is indeed an honor to hold the chairwoman’s gravel. And yes, I got the gavel, and I’m not afraid to use it.

This month, the CEO of Wells Fargo – one of the largest banks in this country with an egregious track record of defunding and defrauding customers testified before my committee. We lit him up! Two days ago, just two days ago, that CEO resigned his office. Hey, I have the gavel, and I’m not afraid to use it.

This week, I was able to pass out of my committee a comprehensive bill for $13.27 billion in emergency relief to end homelessness in America. Don’t despair. I have the gavel, and I’m not afraid to use it. Oh, on the same day in my committee, I also passed the Consumers First Act. Fraudulent payday loan operators, title loans companies and student loan services, we know who you are, but I have the gavel, and I’m not afraid to use it.

Now I have the honor of being adopted by millennials as their Auntie Maxine, and I’m so proud of their growing influence and representation. It’s a new day in America. Women, people of color, LGBTQ Americans, and millennials have growing power, and my committee is a testament to it. We have the gavel, and we’re not afraid to use it.

To America’s institutions that have historically overlooked women and minorities, the jig is up. I have created the first subcommittee on diversity and inclusion in the history of the U.S. Congress.


Waters also talked about how she got four people who threatened her and her family locked up.

“As for those ultra right-wing white supremacist haters who have threatened to kill me and my family and my staff, I’ve gotten four of them convicted. Come for me. I’m coming for you. Yes, I have the gavel, and I’m not afraid to use it,” she said.


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