Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Trump’s Impeachment, Citing Mueller Report Release
AOC backs Rashida Tlaib's resolution to impeach the president
Radical Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has declared that she has now joined the push for President Donald Trump's impeachment following the release of the Mueller report on Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez said it is her constitutional duty to sign Rashida Tlaib's (D-MI) impeachment resolution against President Trump, citing the release of Robert Mueller report on the Russia probe as the rationale behind her decision.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President," AOC tweeted Thursday.
"It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.
"As such, I’ll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib’s impeachment resolution."
Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019
It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.
As such, I’ll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib’s impeachment resolution. https://t.co/CgPZJiULOL
Despite the 22-month-long investigation finding no evidence of a crime being committed by Trump, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and other Democrats are planning to pursue impeachment proceedings against their president.
According to the Washinton Times, impeachment takes only a majority vote in the House, where Democrats control matters.
The articles of impeachment are then tried in the Senate, where it takes a two-thirds vote to convict and remove the president.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she’s aware that’s a long shot, given Republicans’ majority. But she said that shouldn’t affect House Democrats’ decision to try.
Fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) last month introduced a resolution calling for an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee into whether Trump committed impeachable offenses, according to The Hill.
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."
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) also reiterated his support for impeaching Trump after the Mueller report's publication.
Green has repeatedly pressed for Trump's removal, including over the objections of House Democratic leadership.
He said during a Thursday press conference that Mueller has "given us ample evidence for us to move forward with impeachment."
Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report, specifying there existed insufficient evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced he plans to subpoena the entire report along with the underlying materials, according to Breitbart.
“Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct,” Nadler said in a statement.
“Contrary to the Attorney General’s statement this morning that the White House ‘fully cooperated’ with the investigation, the report makes clear that the President refused to be interviewed by the Special Counsel and refused to provide written answers to follow-up questions and his associates destroyed evidence relevant to the Russia investigation.”
Read the Mueller report here.