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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate Trump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' 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 BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE are “incredibly serious and urgent.” 

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

Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris CuomoChris CuomoFox News tops broadcast networks for first time in 3rd quarter CNN's Don Lemon: 'Blow up the entire system' remark taken out of context CNN's Lemon: 'We're going to have to blow up the entire system' if Democrats win back White House, Senate 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 PelosiGOP seeks to redirect criticism over Trump tax returns House rebuffs GOP lawmaker's effort to remove references to Democrats in Capitol Grassley says disclosing Trump's tax records without authorization could violate law 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.