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Ocasio-Cortez Says She Will Sign Trump Impeachment Resolution, Cites Lindsey Graham’s Comments


Ocasio-Cortez Says She Will Sign Trump Impeachment Resolution, Cites Lindsey Graham’s Comments

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that she would sign onto fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) resolution to impeach President Trump, citing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in her decision-making.

“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President,” she tweeted.

“It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution,” the progressive lawmaker added. “As such, I’ll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib’s impeachment resolution.”

“While I understand the political reality of the Senate + election considerations, upon reading this DoJ report, which explicitly names Congress in determining obstruction, I cannot see a reason for us to abdicate from our constitutionally mandated responsibility to investigate,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.

“Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted,” she said. “We all prefer working on our priorities: pushing Medicare for All, tackling student loans, & a Green New Deal. But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.”

In what she dubbed a “Throwback Thursday” tweet, Ocasio-Cortez resurfaced a video clip of Senator Lindsey Graham talking about the role of impeachment in government.

She wrote that the South Carolina lawmaker’s own words “established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment.”

“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional Republic,” Graham said in the 1999 video. “Impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”

In 1999, Graham was a member of the House of Representatives, and one of 13 Republican legislators who argued at the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton that the president should be removed from office. Clinton was ultimately acquitted by the Senate on all charges.

Tlaib last month introduced a resolution calling for an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee into whether Trump committed impeachable offenses. Tlaib said at the time that she hopes the resolution “ensures we don’t have a lawless society that results in irreparable harm to the American people.”


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