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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters: How Low Can Trump Go?

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters: How Low Can Trump Go? 


Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today upon learning that the President may have revealed classified information during a meeting with Russian officials:


“To express shock over last night’s revelations would imply that at some point in the past I expected more from this President.  At this juncture, the only question remaining is how low can he go?  How much lower can this President drag our democracy, our institutions and the office of the President? How much more reckless can he be with the power that he wields? More importantly, how long will so-called ‘patriotic’ Republicans participate in this charade and moral race to the bottom?


“For those keeping track, the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win – a conclusion made by the U.S. intelligence community that President Trump has refused to acknowledge.  The former FBI director confirmed that Trump’s campaign is being investigated for colluding with Russians to undermine our democracy.  After the director reportedly requested additional resources to pursue the Russia investigation, the President, whose campaign is the subject of the investigation, fired the FBI director.  Moreover, the President acted in consultation with the Attorney General, who was supposed to be recused from all matters related to that investigation. Not to be outdone by one debacle, the President then met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the White House, excluded the U.S. press, and was subsequently exposed to have disclosed classified information to high ranking officials of an adversarial foreign government.


“Donald Trump is doing his best to make the case for gross incompetence as an impeachable offense.  Every day he remains in office is an affront to the cornerstone principles that have made the United States the greatest country on earth.”