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Ocasio-Cortez on impeachment: 'I think the ground has shifted'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Progressives fume over Senate setbacks Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday the “ground has shifted” in terms of support for a possible impeachment of President Trump

The freshman congresswoman said new allegations about Trump asking Ukraine for information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE are “incredibly serious and urgent.” 

“I think the ground has shifted,” Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday on CNN.  

Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris CuomoChris CuomoTrump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Kinzinger: GOP will 'be a minority party forever' if we keep supporting Trump Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' MORE the new allegations are more pressing than previous allegations of Trump’s misconduct in part because "this is about something that is going to happen."

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“We have the opportunity to act now to prevent a profoundly destabilizing action,” she added. 

The congresswoman said it is important to continue investigating other violations too. 

Ocasio-Cortez has long backed an impeachment inquiry, but more moderate members of her party joined in the call this week amid a whistleblower complaint and allegations that Trump asked a foreign nation for dirt on a political opponent. The complaint has been confirmed to be about Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) officially announced the launch of an impeachment inquiry into Trump on Tuesday. 

Ocasio-Cortez told Cuomo she doesn’t believe in making decisions “based on polling,” though both she and Cuomo noted the polls about public opinion on impeachment had been conducted before the new allegations emerged. 

Trump is accused of asking Zelensky to investigate Biden, a 2020 front-runner, and Biden's son. The White House released a partial transcript of the call between the presidents that shows Trump asking Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden. 

Members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees viewed the confidential report Wednesday. Democrats said it was troubling and credible, and many issued a call for the report to be immediately declassified and released to the public.