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Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'

Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 Sharpton eulogizes Daunte Wright: 'Tags of racism' have expired MORE (D-Minn.) says she now views impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE as "inevitable," while calling the prospect of pushing to remove a sitting president "terrifying."

In a January interview with Rolling Stone published Wednesday, the freshman representative argues that the president "has the markings of a dictator" who will cling to power.

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"I believe that impeachment is inevitable," Omar told the magazine.

"It also is a terrifying notion. [Vice President] Pence is an ideologue, and the ideology he holds is more terrifying to me and my constituents," she continued.

"And we have not had a full impeachment that removes the president from office. Nations struggle any time [they] overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator."

Omar reiterated her view on impeachment Wednesday afternoon in a tweet promoting the interview.

Along with fellow freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE (D-Mich.), Omar has signed the "Pledge to Impeach" effort led by the advocacy group By the People, which announced Tuesday that the two Democrats were the first sitting members to sign the document.

Representatives for both Omar and Tlaib confirmed to The Hill this week that the congresswomen had signed the pledge, effectively vowing to support any impeachment efforts brought against Trump by the Democratic-controlled House.

“The Congresswoman believes that Donald Trump has performed many actions that should bring forth impeachment,” Tlaib's office said in a statement this week.

Still, people who have worked with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July MORE (D-Calif.) told The Hill they think she'll opt to not move to impeach Trump – barring a bombshell finding from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.

Instead, they said they believe that Pelosi will remain focused on the Democratic agenda ahead of the 2020 presidential election.