Maxine Waters tells Essence magazine at least one Republican member of Congress wants her to “get” President Trump — she’s first just trying to figure out what impeachment should be all about.
According to Waters, six House committees are working together on separate investigations into the Trump administration, and will soon convene to decide what information should be used to pursue articles of impeachment.
“Much of the information that we learned about, some of it with the Mueller report. The six committees will come together and we will put on the table all that we have learned about certain aspects of our investigation and try and determine which of those should go into an impeachment inquiry,” Waters says.
“What is the best inquiry we can have,” she continues, suggesting the inquiry is necessary to ascertain the facts, not the other way around.
“And that will be talked through, it will be discussed with Nancy Pelosi and all. Whenever we finish that, that will be turned over to the Judiciary committee,” which will then pursue impeachment.
Waters contends some Republicans are quietly supporting her efforts.
“I had a Republican on my way back from the floor who whispered in my ear, ‘I understand what you are doing. Keep doing it, get him,'” Waters says.
“So I don’t know how many are silently thinking when that will come out, if the facts will make them come out,” she says, and dismisses the notion that the Senate will not remove Trump if the House passes an impeachment resolution.
“I believe that if our facts are strong, if we’ve connected the dots, that we can turn around some minds,” she says.
Waters didn’t identify the supposed Republican who supports her efforts.
While it certainly could be Congressman Justin Amash, it could also have been Rep. Mark Amodei.
The Nevada Independent reports:
Rep. Mark Amodei supports the House’s inquiry into whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, but is withholding judgment on whether Trump has crossed the legal line.
“Let’s put it through the process and see what happens,” Amodei, the only Republican in the state’s congressional delegation, said on a call Friday with reporters, adding that he believes Congress is justified to look into the matter.
“I’m a big fan of oversight, so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes,” he added. (An audio recording of the call has been posted below.)
“Using government agencies to, if it’s proven, to put your finger on the scale of an election, I don’t think that’s right,” he continued. “If it turns out that it’s something along those lines, then there’s a problem.”