Maxine Waters may have 99 problems, but being consistent ain’t one.
During an appearance on “AM Joy” on MSNBC this weekend, Rep. Waters concluded the report that senior Trump aide Jared Kushner’s alleged attempts to create “back channel” communications with Russia could be grounds for impeachment.
“Congresswoman,” host Joy Reid said, “on the subject of being more aggressive, you have openly talked about the fact that this president has put himself in a position where impeachment is on the table but your party, the Democratic party is very reluctant, The New York Times has an article out last week about how hesitant Democratic leadership, in particular, are to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment. In closing, why do you suppose that is?”
Rep. Waters replied, “I don’t know what the reticent is but I know this, that the American public is getting weary of all of these actions without enough being done by the elected officials who they elected to represent them. I believe that this man has done enough for us to determine that we can connect the dots, that we can get the facts that will lead to impeachment.
“I believe there was collusion. I think we have enough information about the meetings, the about the lying about those meetings to help us to understand that something was going on. There was an interaction there. And certainly I believe it was collusion, but if they just do their work and do their job, they will find out it was collusion,” Waters said.
“And I believe this president should be impeached. I don’t care what others say about ‘it’s too soon, we don’t know, we think.’
“I think that they’re letting the American public down by not delving deeper into what is going on with Jared Kushner and this back channeling, about the lies and his failure to disclose he had had these meetings, the same thing with sessions, failure to disclose about the meetings. What more do we need?” Waters said.
But Waters was silent when President Obama sought similar back channel communications with Russia.
Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin reported in 2014:
President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.
This month, Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.
“I don’t think that anybody at this point is under the impression that a wholesale reset of our relationship is possible at this time, but we might as well test out what they are actually willing to do,” a senior administration official told me. “Our theory of this all along has been, let’s see what’s there. Regardless of the likelihood of success.”
According to Bloomberg, Secretary of State John Kerry had proposed meeting Putin face-to-face, and “floated an offer to Russia that would pave the way for a partial release of some of the most onerous economic sanctions.”
The very sanctions Waters accuses Trump of wanting to lift.