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'Say Impeachment, Sweetheart': Rudy Giuliani Gives Message to Trump Critic Maxine Waters

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday challenged “sweetheart” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters to “say impeachment” since she has repeatedly called for his removal despite having little support from her own party.

“You know, some people have criticized my strategy, which is the president’s, of to some extent playing to the American people. If this were a regular case, I wouldn’t be doing it, but the people who will decide this are the people of the United States in the 2018 election,” Giuliani said on Fox News. “And, boy, they are switching fast and Democrats are running for cover.”

“You don’t hear them say the words impeachment anymore,” Giuliani continued. “I challenge Maxine Waters to say impeachment. Say it. Say ‘impeachment’, sweetheart. Just say it.”

Earlier this month Water's tweeted that “impeachment is the only answer” because Trump “thinks he knows better than our negotiators and all of our global allies who agreed to the Iran (nuclear) deal.” “How long do we have to suffer his gigantic ego and narcissistic behavior?” she wrote.

The Democratic congresswoman from California last month called on Trump to “please resign” so “I won’t have to keep up this fight of your having to be impeached.”

But few Democrats have publicly supported pursuing impeachment of the president. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said it is important to await results of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russians in the 2016 presidential election, and build evidence of wrongdoing against the president.

Related: Mueller Will Take Down Trump or ‘I’m Counting on Stormy to Do It,’ Maxine Waters Says

Trump at a rally in Michigan late last month highlighted the importance of Republicans keeping the majority in the House in the midterm elections, because Democrats could call for impeachment proceedings if they take over.

“We have to keep the House,” Trump said at the time. “Because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she’s going around saying ‘We will impeach him.’”

Giuliani on Wednesday told Fox News host Sean Hannity “I have no fear” of Trump being impeached. “The president has done nothing wrong, read my lips, nothing wrong,” he said.