Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) called on Republican lawmakers to speak out after Trump escalated his attacks on the intelligence community whistleblower complaint that sparked a formal impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.
The Financial Services Committee chairwoman, one of the first Democrats to call for President Trump’s impeachment, noted that the president has used “mob language” in his attacks and has even implied the whistleblower “should be killed.”
“I’m calling on the GOP to stop Trump’s filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed,” Waters tweeted.
She added: “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.”
I'm calling on the GOP to stop Trump's filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed. Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) October 1, 2019
Trump told reporters Monday that the White House is “trying to find out” about the federally protected whistleblower.
“Why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a statement Tuesday defending the whistleblower after Trump’s attacks.
“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality,” said Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.
“No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts,” Grassley added. “Uninformed speculation wielded by politicians or media commentators as a partisan weapon is counterproductive and doesn’t serve the country.”