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Waters: I Believe We Will Find Trump Collusion With Russia Which Will Lead To Impeachment


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) welcomes the appointment of a special counsel, but she says that alone might not get to the truth. REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): Let the [special counsel] go forward. Let the House Intelligence Committee continue to do whatever they're going to do. also, allow the Senate to continue to do whatever they're going to do. I'm convinced that if we follow the tracks of those who have been involved with the Kremlin, those who have been involved with Ukraine, those who have been involved in the circle that I call the 'Kremlin Klan,' we'll get to the truth, and I believe that the truth does mean that we'll get to collusion, and collusion will lead to impeachment. CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: I should obviously that collusion has been denied by the White House, denied again tonight. Manafort and Flynn have denied anything of that sort. But my question to you is you just used the word "impeachment." There aren't that many Democrats who are using that word. It's about, I think, about a dozen, a dozen and a half. What do you make of that? WATERS: Well, here's what I make of it. I think to many people impeachment is a huge thing. It is an extraordinary thing. And I think there are many people and politicians in particular who are cautious or who tend to want to protect themselves from making mistakes. And so it has not been easy, despite the fact that they have seen enough that should make them at least curious enough to get to the bottom of this.

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Chris Hayes Investigates: What’s On Steve Bannon’s Whiteboard?


MSNBC: Thanks to photos posted on social media by self-proclaimed 'America's Rabbi' Shmuley Boteach, we got a look at what the president's chief strategist has written on his office walls. With Steve Bannon and Debbie at the White House on #IsraelIndependenceDay2017. Thank u Steve for your love of Israel pic.twitter.com/xrU4nLUyYU— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) May 2, 2017

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Rep. Waters: “I Don’t Know,” But Some Say Chaffetz Is Retiring Because Of Russian Connection


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali.) speculates why Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is retiring. Chaffetz said he was tired of spending too much time away from his family. Waters believes there is some Russian "connection" that involves the Congressman. From Tuesday's edition of All In with Chris Hayes: CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: So, let me ask you about Congressman Chaffetz because he's quite a controversial figure. He has really thrown everyone in Utah, and I think on Capitol Hill for a loop by announcing preemptively that he's not going to seek re-election, that he might actually leave early. Then today, he comes out with Elijah Cummings. Do you have a — do you have an understanding of what it is you think it is that Congressman Chaffetz is do something? REP. MAXINE WATERS: No, I really don't. And there is a lot of speculation about what he's doing. There are those who were told that he's trying to position himself to run for higher office, and I think it's for Governor. There's those who think that he, in some ways, have some connections to what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself and knows something about all of this. I don't really know. I can't say, but he's strange in the way that he's conducting himself. And maybe he thinks that if he rolls out and points to the fact that something is going on with Flynn that he did not disclose, and this is criminal, I mean he's violated a federal law, that somehow this will raise him above maybe what connections he may have with the Kremlin. I don't know, but we need to keep an eye on him. HAYES: I should say, Congresswoman, I have not seen any evidence produced of that. WATERS: No we don't. HAYES: I've encountered that speculation also but we'll look for the evidence. Representative Maxine Waters, thanks as always for being with me. WATERS: Thank you. (via Washington Free Beacon)

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Sen. Cory Booker: Original Post-9/11 AUMF Shouldn’t Be Used To Justify Attack On “Sovereign” Syrian Government


Sen. Cory Booker told MSNBC's Chris Hayes Monday night that even after attending a classified briefing in the Senate, he has no idea what legal justification the Trump administration used to give them authority to bomb the Syrian Air Force last week. "What was the legal justification for the unilateral presidential use of power?" he wondered. "Nobody has showed me the legal reason why." Booker suggested that they might cite the 2001 post-9/11 Authorization of Military Force Agaisnt Terrorists which granted the President authority to use "necessary and appropriate force" against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11th attacks, and those who protect them. "If we're still using the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 to justify this, that is an attack on a soveriegn state, which is what we did, we went after a soveriegn state… it is way off the rails." CORY BOOKER: I'm not going to come out an celebrate this. I have some question if this was a justified use of presidential power… What I haven't heard is: What was the legal justification for the unilateral presidential use of power… I went to a classified briefing with incredbile military leaders… and nobody has showed me the legal reason why. I think this is a terrible drift– If we're still using the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 to justify this, that is not an attack on a soveriegn state, which is what we did, we went after a soveriegn state, and a legitimate leader, but it is way off the rails. For us not to be asking these constitutional questions. For me, as a member of [The Senate], not to ask, and call that out, is irresponsible… What is your legal justification for a very serious strike on a sovereign country? This is an administration that has shown no overall strategy– they're playing footsie with Russia. I mean, I've seen more criticism of Nordstrom than I have seen of Putin. If this is an administration not even willing to criticize Russia, who has attacked the United States with cyberattacks. But this is an important point. This is somebody that's empowering Assad in doing what he is doing. This is somebody that represented to the previous administration that they were working with Assad to get rid of those weapons that were then just used in this attack. So, this is an administration I don't see having a coherent strategy. This is an administration that I don't think it has at least produced a justifiable reason, and I worry that we're going to be continuing to wade into a morass without an overall plan on how we're going to deal with, what I think is one of the greater humanitarian crises of our lifetime.

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Maxine Waters: Trump “Doesn’t Deserve To Be President”


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali.) talked to Chris Hayes on the Tuesday edition of his MSNBC show about President Trump and the alleged ties his campaign had with the Russians. Waters said she will not stop staying the president deserves to be impeached, adding he "does not deserve to represent us in the world." Waters also responded to Bill O'Reilly's observation that she looks like she wears a "James Brown wig." The California Congresswoman said she is a "strong black woman" and will not be "undermined" by the FOX News host. "Now all we've got to do is do credible investigations so we can find out whether or not there was collusion," Waters told Hayes. "And if there was collusion he deserves to be impeached and I'm not going to stop saying it." Waters on being a "strong black woman" that can't be undermined: REP WATERS: I'm a strong black woman. I can not be undermined. I cannot be thought of to be a friend of Bill O'Reilly or anybody. And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere, don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country. Waters on Trump attacking "the past president" and how he does not "deserve" the of the office of the presidency: REP. WATERS: He got the presidency because he was able to get those votes from those few states that put him — made him the winner. And so he's the president of the United States, people are still talking about 'he's going to change, he's going to become presidential.' He has not changed. He is not presidential. As a matter of fact, he is worse now than he was in the campaign. And I think that he does not deserve to represent us in the world. We are being disrespected all over the world and if he wants to continue to talk about how great Putin is and how bad the past president was then I know something's wrong with this person and he doesn't deserve to be president.

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Warren: Sessions Lied To The Senate, “You Want To Pick Another Euphemism For It? He Told A Boo-Boo?”


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress in an interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Warren said there is now a fundamental question of Justice Department — is it more committed to the rule of law or to President Trump's agenda? Warren later asked who Team Trump is working for: the American people or themselves. From her Tuesday night interview on All In with host Chris Hayes: CHRIS HAYES: So, I guess my question to you is if the idea is that the concern is that there were some sort of untoward concern that Bharara was investigating the president in some ways and he had to get rid of so he can be replaced with his own person, right? SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Right. HAYES: What would — what could be demonstrated to allay that fear of yours? WARREN: You know, I think the concern is the whole Justice Department now. You know, this is a president who fired his acting attorney general. It's a president who decided that he wanted Jeff Sessions and wanted to keep Jeff Sessions even after it became public that Jeff Sessions had lied to the Senate — HAYES: You think he lied? WARREN: Of course he did. I mean, that's just — he didn't tell the truth. You want to pick another euphemism for it? He told a boo-boo? I mean, pick whatever word you want. But the point is he did not tell the truth and didn't have to come back and be accountable. And I think what's going on now is a fundamental question in our government about whether or not the Justice Department, including our U.S. attorneys, are truly independent and committed to the rule of law or whether or not they are tame and more committed to Donald Trump and Donald Trump's agenda. ### WARREN: We need to know that our public servants are working first, last, and in between for the American people and that they're not keeping just a little eye out on how well it feathers their own nests. And that's true for the president, that's true for the president's family, and that's true for president's team that he assembles. And one of the things that has just been deeply shocking about where the Trump administration has gone is that they have brought in people and said, hey, you know, what the heck? Wilbur Ross says he's going to be secretary of commerce, make a lot of decisions on how business goes, but, you know, he's going to keep a billion dollar interest in his oil tankers that are all around the world. And he's going to maintain interest in 11 different corporations while he is the secretary of commerce? Rex Tillerson, we asked him, we said, hey, listen, you've been at Exxon forever and ever and ever, you've been CEO, you've done everything you can. Can we at least have a promise that while you are secretary of state, that you will recuse yourself in matters that are going to directly affect Exxon? And his answer was no. I'll do it for a while but then, shoot, I'll wade right into this. It's the notion with the president's own family, with the president's own team he has assembled, that there is a giant blurring between who exactly are they working for? Are they working for the American people? Are they working just to make themselves richer? Or is it some secret blend somewhere in between?

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