Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'

Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.) says she now views impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge 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 PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.

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