WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said there are “so many” reasons to impeach President Trump in an interview with Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast on Sunday evening. The congresswoman also indicated she is likely to sign onto a resolution introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., last month that calls for Congress to begin an investigation into whether Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
“I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president. I support impeaching this president,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who became one of the most high profile Democrats in Washington after winning her seat in a shocking upset last year, has previously expressed support for impeachment. However, her comments in the Skullduggery interview were her most direct on the issue and she was previously noncommittal when asked about Tlaib’s resolution.
“We hadn’t signed on when it was first introduced but we probably will,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the resolution, adding, “We’ll take a look into it.”
Along with indicating she is likely to sign onto the impeachment resolution, in her conversation on Skullduggery the congresswoman outlined specific reasons she believes Trump could be impeached.
Ocasio-Cortez began discussing the issue when she was asked about comments Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., made in a CNN interview on Sunday morning. Nadler, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Trump showed “contempt” for the law when he reportedly promised the former head of Customs and Border Protection a pardon if he faced jail for denying immigrants seeking asylum entry into the United States. In a tweet on Saturday Trump denied offering the pardon.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram
🎶What would you do if I sang out of tune,
would you stand up and walk out on me?/
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song/
and I'll try not to sing out of key. /
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends /
mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends 🎶
This was one of my papa’s favorite songs. Before he passed away, he built a trellis for my mother by hand in our backyard. He wanted to inscribe this lyric around the edges, but never got the chance. I have always felt that this is a love song, but a love song for friendship.
This #internationalwomensday, I’m thinking about (and grateful for) sisterhood. At the heart of sisterhood, like so many meaningful relationships, is love. And to me, loving people isn’t about who you’re trying to be a “rockstar” in front of. Love is about who you’re unafraid to let see you sing out of tune. 🎤
📸: @rashidatlaib + @azizthefrenchie
Happy St. Pat’s for All Parade Day from Sunnyside, Queens! ☘️
The St. Pat’s for All parade began as a demonstration for LGBTQ+ inclusion in St. Patrick’s Day festivities, when people originally tried to keep the LGBT community out of the parade (unfortunately, some NYC parades still do - which speaks to the work still left to be done). The Queens community wasn’t going to stand for that, and 20 years ago the community launched St. Pat’s for All, to celebrate Irish values of welcoming and inclusion to all people - no matter who you love or whatever your station in life may be.
Launched by Councilman Danny Dromm +activist Brendan Fay, St. Pat’s for All is a core tradition in NY14, and happens a bit before the citywide St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
YEEERRRRRR 🙅🏿♂️🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♂️ 🔥 Had a blast & honored to be the first guest on @shodesusandmero today! They also visited me in DC and gave a few housewarming gifts from home 🎁 just aired - check it out!
Walking into #SOTU like
Losar Tashi Delek! Spent this morning with our NY-14 Tibetan community to celebrate Lunar New Year ✨ This little one and I were playing with giving each other Tibetan white scarves, or Khatas, which are auspicious tokens given to honor others on holidays and special occasions. We had so much fun! 💜
Behind every strong woman... are more strong women 😉 #ittakesavillage
We open doors so others can walk through them.
If Republicans thought women dancing in college is scandalous, wait till they find out women dance in Congress, too! 😉
Tonight we celebrated #Chanukah in community with @jfrejnyc & many others. It was a blast, and Rabbi Mia extended to me the honor of helping her light the Shamash - the servant candle that sparks the others. I’m so inspired by that idea, that each and every one of us can be a ‘shamash’ for our friends, family, and community. Let’s take that energy and light into the start of this coming week!
"No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice — one protected by the first amendment." - @ilhanmn, badass-elect, MN
Ilhan is my homie! 👯♀️ I’m so proud of her AND proud to support her as we bust down the doors to overturn the 181-year old House rule that says headscarves aren’t allowed in Congress.
This year, and with Ilhan’s leadership, we’re gonna flip the script and tell hijabi girls all over the world that they can run the board, fight for Medicare for All, and rock a nice headscarf if they please.
To learn more about the journey to change House rules, check today’s IG story where I link to @teenvogue’s article about it.
Today’s the day. To the countless supporters, door-knockers, organizers, small-dollar donors, and everyone in between - thank you.
This journey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding collective efforts I’ve ever been a part of. We haven’t just run a campaign - we created a movement in our own backyard. We built community. We centered issues that no one wanted to talk about. We uplifted our neighbors and discovered a level courage + friendship we never thought possible.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey and followed us along to this moment. No matter what happens, this is just a beginning. Let’s continue walking shoulder-to-shoulder in the advancement of economic, social, + racial justice in the United States of America.
We’re back out there hitting the streets and connecting with the community for November - come swing by our Queens & Bronx offices to pitch in!
Own your power.
For so many, it’s radical to feel comfortable in your own skin - and to know that you are more than enough, just as you are.
One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
So take up space. Speak up. Hold the door open and take others with you. Accept that you will be criticized no matter what - that is the price of fighting for change and innovation. I consider constructive criticism a blueprint for improvement and a medicine for ego.
Ultimately, the people who get down, stay focused in adversity, and do the thankless work of change are the ones who transform society. We can all be a part of that, if we so choose. We can all knock a door, register our cousin to vote, or educate ourselves on an issue we’re curious about.
We are all capable of awakening and commitment. And because of that, we can all be great.
Another day, another door 🚪
Passing the baton to @biaggi4ny for her NY primary on 9/13! ✨
☔️👧🏾: “I‘m going to vote for you!”
👩🏽💼: “Thank you so much! One day I will vote for you, too.”
IT’S OFFICIAL: OCASIO2018 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR NY-14! 🔥
This is what ~5,500 grassroots signatures, collected by 141 volunteer witnesses, held by 1 overwhelmingly grateful candidate at midnight looks like! 💪🏽💪🏽 #peoplepower
All weekend, high-priced opposition lawyers were crawling over our petitions to find any excuse to bump me off the ballot.
Ultimately, our grassroots 5X effort was too overwhelming. As of midnight last night, no objections were filed to our campaign for Congress.
Ocasio2018 is on the ballot for NY-14 all thanks to YOU. THANK YOU to our supporters, door knockers, petition captains, donors, prayer squads, EVERYONE who helped make this happen in all ways large and small.
Now it’s time to kick it into high gear. Join us in the Bronx THIS SAT for our organizing rally and Barnstorm. You are all officially invited - so you have no reason to say “I’ve never been to the Bronx” again! COMMIT NOW: LINK IN BIO.
Speechwriting on the 6 train.
2018 is finally here. For the next six months, we must work non-stop on this campaign.
Join us by making calls to Bronx and Queens voters this weekend. You can do it from anywhere, or even host a few friends and make it a party. RSVP now - link in bio. 📸: @josealvarado
Ocasio2018: Signing bills and asking questions since Pre-K 📝
In case you haven't heard, I've been nominated to run for office! U.S. Congress to be specific. Thank you all for the incredible support so far - we're going to need it for this wild ride to come. Special thanks to Rachel & Robin for giving me the honor of holding my first campaign baby and having him stuff a dandelion up my nose 🇺🇸 #brandnewcongress
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“I think this is a very grave problem, but there’s so many aspects to this presidency that have ... posed a grave problem,” Ocasio-Cortez told Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff, when asked if she agreed with Nadler’s view and what she thought should be done about it.
Asked about whether Trump’s reported pardon offer was “impeachable,” she responded it was one of the “many things” that could constitute impeachable offenses. When question what the “top three” offenses would be if she were “drafting the articles of impeachment against Trump, Ocasio-Cortez said “number one is emoluments.”
“I think it’s always been emoluments,” she said, adding, “It’s always been about that for me.”
Ocasio-Cortez was referring to a clause of the Constitution that prohibits members of the government from receiving emoluments, or any form of payment, from foreign countries. Many critics believe Trump has violated this rule because he maintains an interest in his real estate company, which has done business with foreign governments.
For a second potential impeachable offense, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to “tax fraud.” She later explained that she was referring to indications Trump has falsely deflated the value of his various properties in order to lower his property tax payments. Ocasio-Cortez questioned the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, about this issue when he testified before Congress in February and he accused Trump of engaging in the practice.
Lastly, Ocasio-Cortez suggested Trump’s reported offer of a pardon if the immigration official broke the law could be a “pretty potent” justification for impeachment if it is investigated.
One thing Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mention when it came to impeachment was Russia. She explained that “there are a lot of parts to the Russia issue that comes down to emoluments.”
Specifically, Ocasio-Cortez cited Trump’s efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow.
“I thInk emoluments kind of includes any ... financial misconduct in relation to Russia,” she said.
The emphasis Ocasio-Cortez placed on the improbability of impeachment prior to her Skullduggery interview was more in line with the view expressed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Democratic leadership. Last month, Pelosi told the Washington Post she was “not for impeachment.”
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi said.
In an interview with Yahoo News on April 5, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., the fifth highest ranking Democrat, said he agreed with Pelosi there needed to be “overwhelming” evidence and said it was “extremely premature” to discuss impeachment.
Ocasio-Cortez did not express similar hesitation and said it was difficult to try to focus on any one offense. In her view, there were almost too many impeachable offenses to list.
“There’s just so much. ... I can’t even,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “There’s just so much.”