Maxine Waters Urges Black Community To Help Oust Trump

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Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters is once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Speaking at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus, Waters implored the black community to demand Trump's impeachment, Newsweek reports.

In addition to being a member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Waters is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, as noted on her congressional website. She was elected to her 14th term in 2016, with more than 76 percent of the vote.

"How many in your organization have said, 'Impeach 45?'" she asked her audience at the meeting. "Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' and we define that."

As a precedent, she cited the notorious case of a former president from her own party. "Bill Clinton got impeached because he lied," she said. "Here you have a president, who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy. Here you have a president who has obstructed justice. And here you have a president that lies every day."

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She then referred to the investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

"Thank God that the special counsel is beginning to connect the dots -- and understand Facebook's role in it, social media's role in it," she continued. "When is the black community going to say, 'Yeah, impeach him'? It's time to go after him. I don't hear you. Don't another person come after me and say, 'You go, girl.' No, YOU go."

In July, Waters joked that Vice President Mike Pence was preparing to take over for Trump, as reported by The Hill.

"Mike Pence is somewhere planning an inauguration. Priebus and Spicer will lead the transition," she tweeted, referring to Trump's former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, both of whom had recently resigned.

Although Waters' remark was intentionally flippant, another California Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, formally attempted to impeach Trump on June 12, reports The New York Times.

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Sherman charged the president with obstruction of justice, citing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and his attempts to interfere in the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser.

"Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government," Sherman said in his proposal.

Most Democrats, however, have not endorsed the idea of impeaching Trump.

"No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The Times.

Even Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is opposed to impeachment. "What needs to happen is that we have got to go forward with an absolutely bipartisan investigation," he said. "The public must understand this is not a Democratic issue."

Sources: Newsweek, The Hill, The New York Times (2), U.S. Congress / Featured Image: House of Representatives via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Max Pixel (2)

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