Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) found herself getting fact-checked in the middle of her MSNBC interview on Tuesday when she claimed she has never called for the impeachment of President Trump.
The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I'm going to fight everyday until he's impeached.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) April 18, 2017
Waters is a fervent critic of Trump, and she tweeted as recently as Tuesday morning that she would "fight everyday until he's impeached." MSNBC host Craig Melvin read the tweet out at the beginning of their interview and asked Waters what those impeachable offenses were.
Waters said there were questions about whether Trump and the Russian government colluded to defeat Hillary Clinton, but as she listed her accusations against various members of Trump's Cabinet, Melvin tried to cut in.
"You have enough information that leads us to, I think, a credible investigation to find out whether or not there was collusion, and whether or not an oil deal is involved in all of this," Waters said.
"You just started that by saying, ‘The question becomes,'" Melvin said. "Should we wait to call for impeachment until we have the answers to that question or some of the questions?"
"I have not called for impeachment," she said.
Melvin sounded like he was in disbelief.
"You said I'm going to fight every day until he's impeached! That's what you tweeted," Melvin said.
"Yeah, but here's what I've said," Waters responded. "I've said that we need the information. We need to connect the dots. We need the facts in order to do the impeachment, and I'm going to work every day to try and help get those facts and to reveal them to the republic, to our public, until of course impeachment [has] taken place."
As Waters was talking, MSNBC showed a screenshot of her tweet in which she had called for Trump's impeachment that morning. Melvin then moved on to another subject.
Waters has repeatedly called for Trump's impeachment since he took office.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) April 14, 2017
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) March 27, 2017
Waters even led an "impeach 45" chant at a Tax Day rally in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.
— Gregory McCray (@g_mccray) April 16, 2017
"I don't respect this president," she said. "I don't trust this president. He's not working in the best interests of the American people. I will fight every day until he is impeached!" Then she led the crowd in a chant of "Impeach 45!" It doesn't get any more resistant than that.