Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMaxine Waters meets with CBS News representatives over lack of black 2020 reporters Ocasio-Cortez to join House panel overseeing financial sector NAACP blasts CBS News on 2020 election team: 'Voices of Black America continue to be undervalued' MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ AG pick Barr emphasizes independence from Trump Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-S.C.) on Twitter Friday for seemingly reversing his stance on the standards necessary to impeach a president.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a Daily Beast story quoting Graham saying that he is fine with President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE “lying about sex," writing, "Didn’t he impeach Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: Current shutdown impasse is a fight over peanuts Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Trump, Pelosi needn’t be friends to find common ground MORE over the same thing?"

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During 1999 impeachment proceedings for former President Clinton, Graham said, "You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic. If this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role."

“You don’t need to have been convicted of a crime. Impeachment isn’t about punishment. It’s about cleansing the office,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet tagging the GOP senator.

“Sen. Graham himself established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez also included a video from Now This, a liberal media outlet, that showed several prominent Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) and Graham, calling for Clinton's impeachment.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments came in response to an appearance by Graham on Fox News Friday, in which the senator defended Trump, claiming that the president is "always under siege."

"He is saying this one minute and that the next. It’s what he does that matters,” Graham added.

Graham dismissed allegations that Trump ordered his onetime lawyer Michael Cohen to make payments to two women claiming to have had affairs with Trump in order to buy their silence in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

Graham later compared Trump to former President Clinton, who was impeached after he was found to have lied about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“I voted against that article of impeachment, because I think most people, blindsided, would lie to protect their family,” Graham said. “Lying about sex wasn’t enough then for me and it’s not enough now.”