Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) has gone out of her way to show unwavering loyalty to Donald Trump.
But in light of recent revelations of Trump attempting to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, some of Walters’ past comments of unquestioning support raise troubling new questions.
Last June, only a month after Mueller was appointed, Trump tried to have him fired for investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.
This new revelation has some in Congress sounding the alarm.
“We have, now, a constitutional crisis looming,” Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “and that’s the reason why we need to protect the special counsel with legislation that I’ve offered, along with a number of Republican colleagues, and Democrats, to make sure that the special counsel is protected in this investigation.”
Walters, however, remains silent.
Her steadfast commitment to protecting Trump at all costs can be traced back to comments she made at the Laguna Woods Village Republican Club’s monthly meeting in September 2017.
While talking on a range of issues, Walters brought up the subject of the possible impeachment of Trump. Rather than pledging to wait for all the facts — Trump is under numerous investigations in the House, Senate, and FBI — Walters instead declared that impeachment should be off the table.
“If the Democrats win the House they will start impeachment proceedings on Donald Trump,” Walters said, according to the Orange County Register. “They’re already talking about it, that is one of the reasons why we need to be sure that we maintain the majority.”
Despite mounting evidence of obstruction, Walters would rather protect Trump and any potential criminal acts rather than exercise her Constitutional duty as a member of a co-equal branch of government.
Walters is staking her re-election on the promise to protect Donald Trump, even before she has all the facts.
She made this statement before Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was arrested and charged with a number of crimes related Trump’s campaign, including “conspiracy against the United States.”
She made the statement before Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation.
Despite those developments, Walters hasn’t changed her position on whether it is ever appropriate to hold Trump accountable.
Come November, residents of her district might make that choice for her.