Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) said Monday that she has seen “enough misconduct” to warrant an impeachment case against President Trump, but that she will “defer to party leadership” on possible impeachment proceedings.
“I’ve always been very clear that I’m supportive and how I would vote in terms of impeachment. I understand that leadership may want to build a stronger case and subpoena more records or figure out what’s happening, perhaps in the Mueller investigation,” the freshman lawmaker said at a news conference.
“I defer to the chair. I defer to party leadership,” she added. “But I certainly believe there’s been enough misconduct happening out of this office that would be unbecoming of any president.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks came on the same day Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee unleashed a sprawling probe of President Trump’s family, campaign and administration that includes more than 80 requests for documents from associates of the president.
The investigation under Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will focus on three key areas: obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power.
In a statement, Nadler accused Trump of evading “accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms.”
“Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee,” Nadler said. “We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power.”