Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Haven't Called for the Impeachment--Yet'

By Susan Jones | February 6, 2017 | 11:37am EST
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says she hasn't called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump -- yet. (AP File Photo)

( - "I have not called for the impeachment--yet," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said of President Donald Trump at a Monday press conference. “He's doing it himself.”

On Friday, Waters said she hoped Trump would not serve for four years: “And my greatest is to lead him right into impeachment.”

On Monday, Waters clarified: “Let me just say the statement I made was a statement in response to questions and pleas that I am getting from many citizens across this country. What are we going to do?

“How can a president, who is acting in the manner that he's acting, whether he's talking about the travel ban, the way that he's talking to Muslims, or whether he's talking about his relationship to Putin, and the Kremlin -- and knowing that they have hacked our D-triple-C  -- DNC, and knowing that he is responsible for supplying the bombs that killed innocent children and families in, um – in, um– yeah, in Aleppo,” Waters said. (She apparently meant Yemen, since the horrors of Aleppo were all on President Obama's watch.)

“And the fact that he is wrapping his arms around Putin while Putin is continuing to advance into Crimea -- I think that he is leading himself into that kind of position where folks will begin to ask, what are we going to do? And the answer is going to be, eventually, we've got to do something about him. We cannot continue to have a president who's acting in this manner.  It's dangerous to the United States of America.”

As soon as Waters finished speaking, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stepped up to the microphone and made it clear: "I'm not here to talk about impeachment today. I am here to talk about the assault that the Trump administration is making on America’s working families,” Pelosi said.

“Any of the things that the congresswoman said are grounds for displeasure and unease in the public about the performance of this president, who has acted in a way that is strategically incoherent, that is incompetent, that is reckless. And that is not grounds for impeachment.

“When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that would come up.”

Waters and Pelosi called the Monday morning news conference to rail against Trump's executive order directing the Treasury secretary to review the Dodd-Frank law.

“What happened on Wall Street was about greed, it may also have been about criminality," Pelosi said. "Nobody paid the price except the American consumer, American homeowner, American taxpayer.  We’re not going to let that happen again. If Mr. Trump wants to put Wall Street first again, we’re not going back.”

Vice President Mike Pence told “Fox News Sunday” that the goal of the executive order is to “pull back this mountain of red tape that is stifling access to capital loans, particularly for small businesses.”

 “We're going to continue to work hard to advance that kind of regulatory reform that will make resources and loans available for a growing America,” Pence added.

Pence noted that since the passage of the Dodd-Frank law, small businesses haave seen the availability of bank loans dry up, and the cost of complying with the terms of the loans “is too heavy.”

“And what you saw the president do this week is begin to rollback those regulations, use common sense, and really unleash the kind of resources that are going to make it possible to see small business America, and all of business America grow and create jobs.”


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