The last time we checked in with Rep. Maxine Waters she was telling reports about the time Russia invaded Korea and also suggesting it was time to impeach President Trump roughly two weeks after he was inaugurated. Today, Waters appeared on MSNBC to talk, once again, about impeaching Donald Trump. She didn’t get the names of any countries wrong today but she did tell a surprised MSNBC anchor that the “sex actions” in an unverified dossier written about Donald Trump were true.
“Do you believe anything about that dossier?” the host asked.
“We already know that the part about the coverage that they have on him, with sex actions, is supposed to be true. They have said that that’s absolutely true,” Waters said. “I think they should go into that dossier and see what’s there,” she added. It’s not clear who “they” refers to in this statement. No one has said those claims are true. That led to some confusion on the part of the
“You say you know, you think them to be true,” the host responded. “How are we all gonna find out what is and what isn’t true? Does it help that you think so? Because unless you have information that we don’t have, that’s an allegation,” he said.
Waters clarified, “I don’t think you can do the impeachment just because I think or others think, but I think that if we do the investigations that we will find the connections.” “And I do think that impeachment will be necessary,” she added.
In case you’re not familiar with what Waters is talking about, a former British spy wrote a dossier of information on Donald Trump which was later published by Buzzfeed. That document included some unproven accusations about Donald Trump and a group of hookers. No element of the story has been verified by anyone and CNN and other news outlets had the document for months but refused to publish it because the facts couldn’t be verified.
Enter Buzzfeed which published the document with a brief story saying they couldn’t verify it. Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith was accused of publishing “fake news” by NBC’s Chuck Todd. And when Smith tried to tell CNN’s media reporter Brian Stelter that the site had “reported” the story so people could make up their own minds (based on what?), Stelter responded, “There’s a difference between publishing and reporting.”