Maxine Waters: Impeachment 'only option' for Trump's Iran deal decision

Maxine Waters: Impeachment 'only option' for Trump's Iran deal decision
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersWhite House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers unleash on Zuckerberg | House passes third election interference bill | Online extremism legislation advances in House | Google claims quantum computing breakthrough MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE is the "only option" for Democrats following his decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal.

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In a tweet, Waters said Trump "thinks he knows better" than negotiators and U.S. allies — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — which issued a joint statement this week condemning Trump's decision to abandon the agreement.

"Trump, further isolating the United States, thinks he knows better than our negotiators and all of our global allies who agreed to the Iran deal," Waters tweeted. "How long do we have to suffer his gigantic ego and narcissistic behavior? Impeachment is the only answer."

House Democrats have signed on to an effort to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump, but the movement has not gained significant traction among members of Democratic leadership.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump knocks testimony from 'Never Trumpers' at Louisiana rally Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' USMCA deal close, but not 'imminent,' Democrats say MORE (Calif.) and other ranking Democrats have, for months, tried to dispel efforts to pursue impeachment proceedings. Pelosi last month called Waters and other Democrats' efforts to impeach Trump a "gift" for Republicans ahead of November's midterm elections.

Democrats hope to regain majorities in both chambers this fall. Meanwhile, a growing number of embattled Republicans are eyeing impeachment threats to give them a potential edge in close races.

“I don’t think we should be talking about impeachment. I’ve been very clear right from the start,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in April.

“On the political side I think it’s a gift to the Republicans,” she added. “We want to talk about what they’re doing to undermine working families in our country and what we are doing to increase their payrolls and lower their costs.”