Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDems face big questions on tax plans for 2020 Ocasio-Cortez: In US, ‘if you don’t have a job, you are left to die’ Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Capitalism is irredeemable’ MORE (D-N.Y.) doesn’t think Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Schumer push back on new Trump demand for wall funding: ‘We hope he learned his lesson’ Five things to watch for in Trump’s 2020 budget Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy MORE (D-Calif.) is completely shutting the door on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg: ‘I have more years of government experience under my belt’ than Trump Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview Buttigieg calls Pence ‘cheerleader for the porn star presidency’ MORE.
“She’s always demonstrated leadership that takes all kind of factors into account,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Monday. “Legally I don’t think it’s something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that’s how she feels right now I respect that.”
Pelosi in an interview on Monday told The Washington Post: “I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
Ocasio-Cortez noted that there are a number of “unsettled variables” including the much-anticipated report generated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s Russia investigation that could play into how House Democrats ultimately decide to proceed.
“Well, I think all of us have a responsibility to advocate our viewpoints, and so I wouldn’t say that the statements are designed to shut down conversations or to shut down the conversation over it,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You know, this is how the Speaker feels, but the whole point of our democracy is that if we disagree we have a responsibility to air out our arguments as to why and take it into consideration.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she believes Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses, citing then-Rep. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy block citizenship to immigrants who defend America? Five things to watch for in Trump’s 2020 budget McConnell works to freeze support for Dem campaign finance effort MORE‘s (R-S.C.) remarks during former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonJerome Corsi sues Infowars’s Alex Jones for defamation House heads down wrong path to impeachment with investigations 2020 Dems back legal marijuana in political sea change MORE‘s impeachment process while making the case that Congress is within their rights to take action.
“Lindsey Graham said himself that you don’t have to commit a crime to be impeached when he was making the argument for Clinton, you just have to have kind of defiled the office in a way, which hello, so in every way imaginable,” she said. “So, I think according to the Lindsey Graham standard, that absolutely, does Trump meet that bar? He’s met it multiple times.”
Democratic leadership has been hesitant to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump despite some Democratic lawmakers, such as Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDem to Trump official: ‘White babies would not be treated the way these babies of color are being treated’ Tlaib to offer impeachment articles against Trump by end of month The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine – Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks MORE (D-Texas) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Dems inch closer to demanding Trump’s tax returns | Consumer chief pressed to undo Mulvaney’s work | IRS says average tax refund up Ocasio-Cortez accuses GOP of targeting female Democrats Maxine Waters to Trump: ‘Are you still in love with Kim?’ MORE (D-Calif.), pushing the issue.