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Maxine Waters: Trump should be imprisoned and ‘placed in solitary confinement’

Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), one of the first Democrats to call for President Trump’s impeachment, went a step further on Tuesday by saying he should be imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement.
 
The Financial Services Committee chairwoman, who hasn’t been one to mince words about Trump, escalated her calls for impeachment in the wake of the president’s attacks on the intelligence community whistleblower complaint that sparked a formal impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.
 
{mosads}”I’m calling on the GOP to stop Trump’s filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed. Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative,” Waters tweeted.
 
Waters has previously said Trump should be imprisoned, but this is the first time she called for solitary confinement.
 
Two days ahead of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress in late July, Waters tweeted that Trump should be “held responsible” after his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, went to prison for crimes including tax evasion and campaign finance violations related to hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump.
 
“Michael Cohen is serving 3 yrs for the crimes that he committed w/ and for the President of the USA. Many are wondering why this case was closed. It ain’t over until it’s over & it ain’t over until Trump is held responsible for all of his crimes. Impeachment first, prison next!” Waters tweeted at the time.
 
Trump and his allies in recent days have lashed out at the whistleblower who filed a complaint about the president’s call with Ukraine’s leader in which he pressed for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival, and his son’s business dealings in the country.

Trump told reporters Monday that the White House is “trying to find out” about the whistleblower. He revisited the topic on Tuesday, tweeting, “Why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a statement Tuesday defending the whistleblower, but without referencing Trump.
“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality,” said Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.

“No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts,” Grassley added. “Uninformed speculation wielded by politicians or media commentators as a partisan weapon is counterproductive and doesn’t serve the country.”

Tags Chuck Grassley Donald Trump Impeachment Joe Biden Maxine Waters Michael Cohen Robert Mueller Ukraine whistleblower complaint

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