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

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Lindsey Graham (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 Trump “lying about sex,” writing, “Didn’t he impeach Bill Clinton over the same thing?”

{mosads}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 McConnell (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.”

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bill Clinton Donald Trump Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell

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