On MSNBC’s AM Joy, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) explained why Republicans are going to have no choice but to impeach President Trump after evidence of his presidential campaign’s collusion with Russia surfaces.
Rep. Waters told Joy Reid, “I think it’s all there, and I think we should dig deeper. Yes, I think that my constituents and others should care about this, but is what I think is so important. I don’t think that when the truth comes out that even the right-wing conservatives who are defending Trump at this point are going to be able to stand with him. They claim to be patriots, and they claim that they’re more patriotic than a lot of other people. We’re going to see who the real patriots are when we unveil this collusion that I believe is there, and I think in the final analysis they are going to have to move away from him, and we will see that he will be in a position where he will meet the standards for high crimes and misdemeanors, and I maintain that’s where impeachment comes in.”
Waters also expressed more confidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee than the House Intelligence Committee to conduct a credible investigation.
The problem for Trump and the Republicans is that the Russia scandal doesn’t ever go away. No matter how Republicans and the White House try to change the subject, all roads lead back to Russia and what happened during the 2016 presidential election.
Ironically, due to Citizens United, Republicans have little incentive to stick by this president. In their view, Trump’s only purpose is to sign passed legislation. If he becomes a political liability that will cost them their own seats, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Republicans would throw Trump overboard to save their party. Republican members of Congress are their own fundraising machines. They don’t need Trump, Pence, or the Republican Party.
If Trump is impeached, Pence won’t be far behind. The Russia scandal has reached into this entire administration. If Trump goes down, Pence has no political future. He will be keeping the seat warm for the 2020 Democratic nominee.
Rep. Waters is saying many in Congress on both sides of the aisle believe. Donald Trump’s Russia problem will bring down his administration. The only question is, how long will he be able to hang on?