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

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.) 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 BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE are “incredibly serious and urgent.” 

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

Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoScaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Schiff: Trump helped House Republicans plan to storm SCIF NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses N-word during radio interview 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 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.) 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.