Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, floated an insane conspiracy theory on Monday, but then admitted she didn’t have any proof to support her claim.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In,” Waters said she believes Paul Manafort, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, was “sent” by Russia.
“At the center of this question about whether or not the president colluded with Russia or Putin or the oligarchs et cetera is the question of sanctions. We know that Putin wants these sanctions lifted,” Waters began.
“I’ve said from the beginning that I believe, and I don’t have the proof, but I believe that Manafort was sent to the campaign to be there to ensure that they get Trump elected in every way that they possibly could, and this is in exchange for him lifting the sanctions,” she continued.
The California Democrat then denounced the Treasury Department for overseeing the process of imposing of sanctions on Russian companies, saying she was not happy about it.
“Don’t forget, our president has said that he believes the sanctions should be lifted one way or the other. So I just believe that Mnuchin is, of course, guided by the president. They’re all a part of, you know, this relationship that they have with Russia and with Putin and with oligarchs,” Waters said.
“I mean when you take a look at all of the allies of this president that’s involved in this whole question, you cannot help but ask yourself what’s at the bottom of this? And I think it has been asked more than one time, why are they all lying? I think it’s about sanctions,” she added.
She continued: “I think it’s very important for us to continue to pressure, to get those sanctions continued and enforced and not to do what we have just witnessed they are trying to do, and that is being involved with delisting on these sanctions.”
Host Chris Hayes responded by saying “Hmm,” but did not push back on Waters or ask her to provide any evidence to support her conspiracy theory.
It’s certainly troubling to see a member of Congress claim that Manafort was a Russian “plant” sent to infiltrate the president of the United States and his administrations policies toward the Kremlin.
Her comments on Monday came after she went berserk on Sunday and said Trump needs to “shut up.”
During an interview on CNN, the California Democrat attacked the president, claimed he is an incompetent leader who can’t make a deal, and argued that he doesn’t understand how Congress works.
“First of all, he’s talking about he’s got to have a certain amount of money. He’s also talking about how terrible it is with the rapists and the drug dealers, on and on and on,” she continued, visibly getting animated and worked up.
“That’s not how you enter a negotiation,” Waters declared. “You shut up and you shut down and you get into the negotiation and you legitimately lay your concerns on the table and people are prepared to talk about what they can and cannot do.”
Quite remarkable to see a sitting member of Congress go on live television and tell the president of the United States to “shut up.”
Just last week, she demanded that Trump be impeached from office over the BuzzFeed report, which has been refuted as an absolute lie.