AOC To Fellow Dems: ‘What Is The Bar’ For Impeachment Inquiry On Trump To Begin?
Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) isn’t afraid to speak her mind when it comes to the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump — and she’s not afraid to wave her finger at Democrats for so far failing to act on known abuses by the president, either.
While speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez made clear that she’s unhappy with the slow pace to reach a decision on whether members of her caucus should pursue impeachment.
When asked if she’s satisfied with her party’s leadership on the matter, she responded, “Personally, I am not,” CNN reported.
Impeachment is closer than members of her party are willing to admit, she said, describing the beginning of inquiry proceedings as being “right on our doorstep.”
Understanding that many examples abound of Trump’s misuse and abuse of presidential power, AOC questioned whether Democrats had set a firm line or not of when impeachment might be appropriate.
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“What is the bar, what is the line that we’re waiting to be crossed for an impeachment inquiry?” she rhetorically asked. “So far, it doesn’t seem like there is one.”
She urged leaders of her caucus to explain their position on the matter.
“Without a clear boundary, it seems as though we’re kind of sitting on our hands. So, if now isn’t the time, then I think a lot of folks would like to know, when is the time?” she asked.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking Democrat in the federal government, explained her own take on impeachment during an event hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation on Tuesday. Her view is that impeachment needs to be seen as more than just a partisan attack against the president, involving more than just political rationale in order to move forward.
“It’s not about Democrats and Republicans. It’s not about partisanship,” Pelosi said, per reporting from Fox News. “It’s about patriotism to our country.”