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-CortezOcasio-Cortez makes endorsement for Queens district attorney Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech Markey releases infrastructure suggestions that align with Green New Deal goals MORE (D-N.Y.) doesn't think Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (D-Calif.) is completely shutting the door on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment 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 GrahamThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats Congress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit MORE's (R-S.C.) remarks during former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? 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. GreenWHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Dem clamor for impeachment swells as McGahn refuses testimony Top House Dem calls to launch impeachment inquiry if McGahn skips testimony MORE (D-Texas) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersKey House committee obtains subpoenaed Trump financial documents from two banks: report Nancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency MORE (D-Calif.), pushing the issue.