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Ocasio-Cortez on impeaching Trump: 'I defer to party leadership'

Ocasio-Cortez on impeaching Trump: 'I defer to party leadership'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she would defer to leadership on possible impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE, underscoring how she's not putting pressure on her party leaders to remove the president.

Ocasio-Cortez, speaking at a news conference, added that she believes there has been "enough misconduct" to warrant impeachment.

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“I’ve always been very clear that I’m supportive and how I would vote in terms of impeachment. I understand that leadership may want to build a stronger case and subpoena more records or figure out what’s happening, perhaps in the Mueller investigation," the progressive lawmaker said.

"I defer to the chair. I defer to party leadership," she added. "But I certainly believe there’s been enough misconduct happening out of this office that would be unbecoming of any president.”

Ocasio-Cortez has previously said she would support impeaching Trump, telling CNN last year that she believed "we have the grounds to do it."

"Ultimately, I think that what we need to kind of focus on is ensuring that when people break the law, potentially break the law, that we have to hold everyone accountable and that no person is above that law," she said at the time. 

Democratic leaders in the House, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE (D-Calif.), have so far downplayed talk of removing Trump, though they have recently faced growing pressure from liberal lawmakers to proceed with articles of impeachment.