05/19/2017

Trump Vs. Waters -- Who Should Be Impeached?

Larry Elder, RealClearPolitics

Almost from the moment President Donald Trump recited the oath of office, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., began a quest for Trump's impeachment. But given Waters' record of 26 years in Congress (plus a prior 14 years in the California State Assembly), she should worry far more about the possibility of her own impeachment for leadership malpractice.

Here is a summary of some of her greatest hits:

Waters condemned the CIA for its alleged role in the creation of the Los Angeles-area drug problem, even though practically every major newspaper -- The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post -- examined and rejected the charge. During a town hall meeting, she bellowed: "If I never do anything else in this career as a member of Congress, I'm gonna make somebody pay for what they've done to my community and to my people!"

The congresswoman's concern for the drug epidemic affecting "(her) people" apparently begins and ends in front of a microphone. In the '90s, a joint federal and local Houston DEA task force pursued cocaine-dealing allegations of James Prince, a childhood friend of Maxine Waters' husband. Waters wrote to then-Attorney General Janet Reno, calling the investigation racially motivated and demanding an end to the probe. She succeeded. One infuriated local DEA agent later publicly stated: "The Justice Department in Washington turned their backs on a good agent and a good investigation. It appears the object was to get them to stop their investigation, and it appears that worked."

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