When the news of a secret dossier on President Trump hit several months ago, it set off quite the media storm.
For starters, the dossier, which claims Russia has footage of Trump involved in lewd activities with Russian prostitutes, is unsubstantiated.
Buzzfeed obtained the dossier and released it to the public, causing the White House to cry “Foul!”
It turns out that the dossier was the result of an investigation by an ex-British Intelligence operative, Christopher Steele, who had been commissioned by one of Trump’s opponents to do oppo research on the New York billionaire.
Steele reported on the dossier and added that the Russian government could be using the information they had as leverage against Trump, should he win the presidency.
To date, nothing within the dossier has been substantiated, although rumors abound.
Now, enter Democratic Representative Maxine Waters.
Speaking on MSNBC on Thursday, the California lawmaker spoke of the dossier and said: “I think it should be taken a look at. I think they should really read it, understand it, analyze it, and determine what’s fact, what may not be fact. We already know the part about the coverage they have on him with sex actions is supposed to be true.“
Waters added: “They have said that’s absolutely true. Some other things they kind of allude to. Yes, I think he should go into that dossier and see what’s there.”
The emphasis there is mine.
While I have my own questions about Trump’s moral principia, it is likewise a moral and ethical failure to make accusations against another person that could potentially ruin them, without the evidence to back it up.
She finessed her words just enough, by saying “we already know,” and then adding, “supposed to be true,” in a way that sounded very much like, “It’s true, but we don’t know.”
For his part, President Trump has vehemently denied that anything within the dossier is based on truth, and until there is an actual investigation, opinions should remain neutral.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff is reportedly seeking to get the testimony of Steele on record, in order to find out how he obtained the information in the lengthy dossier.
While Waters would not say how she knew the allegations were true, she did offer:
“You understand that I am saying the investigations must be done, the drilling down must be done,” she replied. “We must get to the facts of what it has been about. I don’t think you can do the impeachment just because I think or others think. But I think if we do the investigations, that we will find the connections and I do think that impeachment will be necessary.”
There’s that “I” word, again.
An aide to Waters walked back her comments later on, but I’m beginning to believe these things tumbling out of her mouth are not mere carelessness.
Several weeks ago she stated that she would like to lead Trump to impeachment, but later backtracked and said that she had actually meant that his actions would lead him to impeachment.
Those are definitely two different things, and Waters should probably avoid any more interviews, lest she beclown herself further.