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-CortezFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she would defer to leadership on possible impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas 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.