Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on her surprising comments Monday that she was against talk of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
"I happen to disagree with that take," Ocasio-Cortez said to the Washington Examiner on Monday, "but you know, she's the speaker. … I think we'll see."
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in December that the standard Sen. Lindsay Graham (D-S.C.) set for former President Bill Clinton also "demands Trump's impeachment."
Earlier Monday, Pelosi signaled that she was unhappy with so many new members of the Congress rushing to judgment on impeachment and possibly weakening their case against Trump.
"I'm not for impeachment," Pelosi said to the Washington Post. "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."
She added, "and he's just not worth it."
Ocasio-Cortez, who is seen as a far-left challenge to the more moderate leadership of the Democratic Party, tipped her hat to Pelosi's position but respectfully disagreed.
"I wouldn't say she's completely concrete," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "She's always demonstrated leadership that takes all kinds of factors into account. Should the [special counsel Robert] Mueller report drop and we see something, I wouldn't count anything out."
Other freshmen representatives agreed with the dissent from Ocasio-Cortez.
Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) registered their objection with the Washington Examiner.
"It's not about whether or not it's worth it," said Jayapal. "It's our obligation to the American people and the Constitution. That's how I think about it."
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