Maxine Waters on Trump-Russia collusion: ‘I don’t have the facts to prove it’

Rep. Maxine “Impeach 45” Waters (D-CA) has been one of the most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, and has been a staunch proponent of the theory that he is some sort of compromised “puppet” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Waters continued to perpetuate that baseless theory on Monday night — even as she flatly admitted she had no evidence to support it — in what GOP War Room called an “unhinged” anti-Trump rant on CNN.

“I don’t have the facts to prove it”

The congresswoman’s remarks centered around a conspiracy theory Waters fervently believes that involves Trump doing the bidding of Putin from the White House in an effort to bolster Russia while undermining U.S. interests and national security.

“I believe, even though I don’t have the facts to prove it, I believe that Putin wanted to lift the sanctions [on Russia],” Waters said. “He’s always wanted to lift these sanctions that were placed on him because of his interfering with and incursion into Crimea.”

She went on: “I believe that they wanted to elect President Trump, and Trump, I believe, agreed — I will always believe this — that he agreed that if he got elected he would lift those sanctions. He would like to do it. He’s not been able to do it.”

Waters went on to claim that there are simply “too many facts” — even though she’d just admitted she had none — to dismiss the Trump–Russia collusion narrative as a fantasy or “witch hunt.”

Trump should be impeached over…Russia?

Later in her rant, Waters asserted that Trump has failed to “condemn” Russia for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016 and allegedly hacking our nation’s “election systems” — a thoroughly debunked claim — arguing that “our democracy [is] being undermined by the president of the United States of America.”

“The fact [is] that the Constitution gives us the responsibility to impeach when we see this president, or any president, who is not good for the country, who is undermining our country, who is putting us in danger, who is aligning himself with a foreign country to interfere in our elections,” Waters said. “Those are facts.”

For her part, CNN host Erin Burnett did not push back one bit on the congresswoman’s wild and unsubstantiated claims and merely thanked the congresswoman for her time. Take a look for yourself:

Facing reality

Waters can claim all she wants that Trump is doing the bidding of Putin, but the actual “facts” don’t support that assertion. How does American energy production and independence help Russia? How does a strengthened U.S. military and NATO alliance help Russia? How does Trump providing lethal military aid to Ukraine help Russia?

Obviously, all of those things done by Trump go directly against Russian interests. As Waters herself admitted — and as a simple survey of reality confirms — she has “no facts” to support her ludicrous Trump–Russia narrative. It’s time to give it up, Maxine.

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