Oct 1, 2019

Rep. Maxine Waters: Trump should be "placed in solitary confinement"

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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Schiff calls Trump's whistleblower tweets "an incitement of violence"

At a press conference with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) condemned President Trump's tweets demanding to "meet" the Ukraine whistleblower as "a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses" and "an incitement of violence."

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Tweets, threats and truth

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It's easy to get lost in the flurry, but President Trump's threats and attacks against the impeachment inquiry are escalating.

Why it matters: It's indicative of a president who is feeling the squeeze as House Democrats move full steam ahead with a Ukraine investigation that has unraveled in a matter of days.

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Intelligence community watchdog refutes Trump's whistleblower claims

President Trump arrives for a press conference in New York, Sept. 25. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The intelligence community inspector general issued a statement Monday refuting false claims by President Trump and his allies about the whistleblower whose complaint on Trump's interactions with Ukraine triggered a formal impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: It's rare for the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to issue such a statement. But it did so after the president and loyalist lawmakers made false claims while attacking the whistleblower's credibility over the complaint concerning Trump urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his family.

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