A SENIOR US politician has told Donald Trump to prepare to be kicked out of office, amid claims he may bring his own presidency undone.
California congresswoman Maxine Waters tweeted “get ready for impeachment” a day after it was revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into whether Russia helped Mr Trump win last year’s election.
The tweet also followed the revelation that neither the FBI nor the National Security Agency had any evidence to support Mr Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wire-tapped.
Ms Waters is among Mr Trump’s fiercest critics — and this is not the first time she has called for him to be booted from the White House.
Although the Trump team’s links to Russia have not been proven, the Democratic representative said at the weekend that the connection would be enough to force right-wing conservatives to “move away” from the President.
“And we will see that [Mr Trump] will be in a position where he will meet the criteria for high crimes and misdemeanours, and I maintain that’s where impeachment comes in,” Ms Waters told MSNBC.
Her language was even stronger earlier this month when she said “credible investigations” were needed to interrogate the Trump team’s connections to Russia.
“If the facts are there, then I think we should move very quickly to do something about it,” she told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers.
“And if there was collusion and any support for undermining our democracy, I think the President should be impeached.”
The issue of impeachment came up at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham suggested Mr Trump “might get impeached” if he tried to bring back the banned torture technique of waterboarding.
“Senator, the impeachment power belongs to this body,” Mr Gorsuch said.
When Mr Graham asked whether Mr Trump could be prosecuted over the interrogation method, Mr Gorsuch said: “No man is above the law, no man.”
TRUMP WILL ‘GET HIMSELF OUT’ OF OFFICE
Ms Waters’ incendiary tweet follows her colleague Dianne Feinstein’s suggestion that Mr Trump may bring his own presidency to an end.
The Democratic Californian senator hinted that she knows more than she can say “right now” but believed the President was going to “get himself out of office soon”.
The revelation, video of which was posted on social media by LA Times political reporter Javier Panzar, was made before a group of anti-Trump protesters last Friday in Los Angeles.
During the impromptu Q-and-A, one said Mr Trump had “obvious dealings with Russia” and was doing things “that are unconstitutional” before asking why more wasn’t being done to remove him from office.
“We have a lot of people looking into this,” the Democrat replied. “I think he’s going to get himself out.”