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Maxine Waters at the Capitol on Sept. 25. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tweeted on Tuesday that President Trump should be "imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement," and called for Republicans to "stop Trump's filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies" and his "mob language."

Catch up quick: Waters' tweet came after the president suggested the whistleblower, whose complaint is at the heart of a controversy involving himself and Ukraine, is "almost a spy." Trump said that the U.S. used to respond to "spies and treason ... a little differently than we do now." Waters also noted on Tuesday that "for now, impeachment is the imperative."

The big picture: Plenty of Democrats were disturbed upon reviewing the whistleblower complaint. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) compared the president to a "Mafia boss" engaging in a "classic organized crime shakedown" after the transcript of Trump's call with the Ukrainian president came out.

Go deeper: Intelligence community watchdog refutes Trump's whistleblower claims

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.