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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-CortezSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she would defer to leadership on possible impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers 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 PelosiGohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault 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.