Waters: 'We must impeach Putin's president Trump'

Waters: 'We must impeach Putin's president Trump'
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersKey House committee obtains subpoenaed Trump financial documents from two banks: report Nancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday renewed her call for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's impeachment, a day after House Democratic leadership sought to rein in efforts to remove the president.

Waters said Tuesday in a series of tweets that the House must begin impeachment proceedings against Trump by passing a resolution through the House Judiciary Committee to start the process.

"How can you know the enemy Russia is undermining our democracy & say & do nothing? If you don't care, I do," Waters tweeted Tuesday. "We must impeach Putin's president Trump!"

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Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, was the first elected official to call for Trump's impeachment and the highest-ranking Democrat to support launching House proceedings into the matter.

She is also leading an investigation through the Financial Services panel into Trump's finances and potential connections to Russian oligarchs.

Waters said Tuesday that there was "obvious" collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian nationals, and that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE's report identified several instances of obstruction of justice.

The special counsel's report, released Thursday, stated that investigators were unable to find sufficient evidence of an illegal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The report also stated investigators were “unable” to say definitively that Trump did not commit an obstruction of justice offense, citing “difficult issues” presented by the evidence. 

House Democrats are divided on how respond to Mueller's report, which revealed a slew of details highlighting Trump's response to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (Calif.), have urged caution and warned colleagues against rushing to impeachment ahead of the 2020 election.

Critics of impeachment insist the process would go nowhere in a Republican-controlled Senate and could harm Democratic efforts to defeat Trump at the ballot box.

But Democrats who've long called for Trump's impeachment, including Waters, say the Mueller report contains more than enough reasons to begin the process. 

"Mueller kicked the impeachment ball to the Congress. The Constitution gives the responsibility to Congress to impeach an unfit president - 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' What more do we need?" Waters added.