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

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez among progressives joining House Oversight: report On The Money: Shutdown Day 32 | Senate to vote on dueling funding measures | GOP looks to change narrative | Dems press Trump on recalled workers | Kudlow predicts economy will 'snap back' after shutdown Why Ocasio-Cortez should make flood insurance reform a priority MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Debate builds over making Mueller report public 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 TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE “lying about sex," writing, "Didn’t he impeach Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCohen will not answer questions about ongoing probes involving Trump, GOP lawmakers say BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Agency function is tied to how people feel about their job — that's bad news for USDA research 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 McConnellBudowsky: Pelosi can break shutdown stalemate GOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight On The Money: Shutdown Day 32 | Senate to vote on dueling funding measures | GOP looks to change narrative | Dems press Trump on recalled workers | Kudlow predicts economy will 'snap back' after shutdown 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.”