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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails 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 BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE are “incredibly serious and urgent.” 

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

Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris CuomoChris CuomoTucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' American describes being left behind in Kabul: 'I don't believe in anybody anymore' Chris Cuomo's revisionist history 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 PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party 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.