Shades of Alice in Wonderland‘s Queen: “sentence first — verdict afterwards.” On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement thatmy greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment.”

Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered no evidence but said “I believe” there’s a connection between Ukraine, Trump, and Russia, and “I think” Trump “colluded” with Putin during the election.

Concluded Waters: “I think that it’s there, we just have to dig deeper, do the investigation and find it.”

Got that? Claim now that there are grounds for impeachment, call for an investigation to find the evidence later.

The interview began with a clip of Waters recently saying that “my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment.”

MAXINE WATERS: I hope that, you know, this man and who he is, what he’s done, the way that he’s defined himself, the way that he’s acting, I am hoping that we’re able to reveal all of this, and my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment.

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JOY REID: And you have gone all the way there, talking —

WATERS: Yes.

REID: — using the I-word with Donald Trump about impeachment.

WATERS: Yes.

REID: Do you stand by that and what would he be impeached for in your view?

WATERS: Yes, I have led in talking about impeachment. And some people say, well, it’s too early for that. It’s never too early if you understand how dangerous this man really is. I do believe that there is a connection between the Ukraine and Donald Trump and of course Russia. I think that he colluded with Putin during the election and that hacking and everything that took place. I think that it’s there, we just have to dig deeper, do the investigation and find it.