Thursday, May 11, 2017

NBC Reporter TakesMaxine Waters to Task on Comey Hypocrisy

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that she would have supported Hillary Clinton if she decided to fire James Comey but did not support President Trump’s decision. Waters’ reasoning made little sense to MSNBC’s Peter Alexander, who had to ask Waters for clarification multiple times during an interview on MSNBC.

According to NTKNetwork, MSNBC played a clip from earlier this year when Waters said FBI Director Comey “has no credibility” following a closed-door session with him.

MSNBC’s Peter Alexander asked Waters if she supports President Trump’s decision to fire Comey, given that Waters had previously said she has no faith in Comey.

“No, I do not necessarily support the president’s decision,” Waters told Alexander, citing President Trump’s praise for how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton’s emails.

“But congresswoman, I understand in the past he was praising him, but if you said that FBI Director James Comey had no credibility, wouldn’t you support the fact that the president … made the decision to get rid of him?” Alexander asked Waters.

Waters told Alexander that is not the case, because FBI Director Comey was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, which Waters believes will lead to Trump’s impeachment.

Alexander followed up by asking Waters if she thinks it would have been better to leave in place the FBI director, who Waters had previously said had no credibility, to conduct such an investigation.

Waters dodged the question, redirecting the conversation to how President Trump had said earlier he had confidence in Comey.

Alexander then asked Waters if she would have recommended that Hillary Clinton fire James Comey, had Clinton won the election.

“Well, let me tell you something. If [Clinton] had won the White House, I believe that given what [Comey] did to her, and what he tried to do, she should have fired him. Yes,” Waters responded forcefully.

“So [Clinton] should have fired [Comey], but [Trump] shouldn’t have fired [Comey]?” Alexander asked Waters. “This is why I’m confused.”

“You’re not confused,” Waters responded.

Alexander said that he is confused, before Waters proceeded to give another confusing answer.

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