Ocasio-Cortez doesn't think Trump impeachment is off the table

Ocasio-Cortez doesn't think Trump impeachment is off the table
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera Louisiana governor wins reelection White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (D-N.Y.) doesn't think Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) is completely shutting the door on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE.

"She's always demonstrated leadership that takes all kind of factors into account," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Monday. "Legally I don't think it's something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that's how she feels right now I respect that."

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Pelosi in an interview on Monday told The Washington Post: "I've been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it."

Ocasio-Cortez noted that there are a number of "unsettled variables" including the much-anticipated report generated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's Russia investigation that could play into how House Democrats ultimately decide to proceed.

"Well, I think all of us have a responsibility to advocate our viewpoints, and so I wouldn't say that the statements are designed to shut down conversations or to shut down the conversation over it," Ocasio-Cortez said. "You know, this is how the Speaker feels, but the whole point of our democracy is that if we disagree we have a responsibility to air out our arguments as to why and take it into consideration."

Ocasio-Cortez said she believes Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses, citing then-Rep. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE's (R-S.C.) remarks during former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPrince Andrew says he regrets staying with Jeffrey Epstein Now for your moment of Zen from the Trump impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today MORE's impeachment process while making the case that Congress is within their rights to take action.

"Lindsey Graham said himself that you don't have to commit a crime to be impeached when he was making the argument for Clinton, you just have to have kind of defiled the office in a way, which hello, so in every way imaginable," she said. "So, I think according to the Lindsey Graham standard, that absolutely, does Trump meet that bar? He's met it multiple times."

Democratic leadership has been hesitant to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump despite some Democratic lawmakers, such as Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIf we want to save earth, we need to change how we eat Trump administration suspends oil and gas production on 130 plots in Utah after challenge Why fear should not blind us to the promise of AI: A healthy dose of optimism MORE (D-Texas) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell White House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank MORE (D-Calif.), pushing the issue.