An ecstatic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that new reports suggesting President Trump pushed the FBI to drop a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn bring Congress a long step closer to impeaching the president.
“That’s absolutely fantastic. It is so good!” Waters said, getting onto an elevator in the Capitol basement on her way to vote on the House floor.
“This helps to cement the deal.”
Asked what deal she was referencing, Waters didn’t hesitate.
“Impeachment!” she said, pushing the elevator button.
Waters, who has emerged this year as perhaps the most vocal of Trump’s congressional opponents, was the first Democrat to suggest that ties between Russian officials and Trump’s team might rise to the level of impeachment.
Since then, the steady drip of new revelations in the Russia-Trump saga –– including Trump’s decision last week to fire James Comey as FBI director –– has led at least one other Democrat, Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Deportations of Haitians spark concerns over environmental refugees The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas), to get on board, even as Democratic leaders have been attempting to tamp down the impeachment push.
Tuesday’s bombshell New York Times report will likely add more names to the list of impeachment advocates.
The story reveals that Comey had kept detailed memos of his meetings and conversations with Trump, including a White House meeting in February in which Trump asked the FBI chief to abandon an investigation of Flynn, who is being scrutinized for business ties with Russia.
“I hope you can let this go,” the Times quoted Trump as saying, citing Comey’s memo.
The White House quickly refuted the story, saying Trump “has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”
The explanation did little to appease Democrats, whose trust in Trump’s claims has faded with every new development in the Russia-Trump investigation.
Some suggested they’re primed to join Waters in calling for Trump’s impeachment.
“Asking FBI to drop an investigation is obstruction of justice,” tweeted Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). “Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense.”