Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted her response to the release of the Mueller report on Thursday, and said that she now backs impeachment, which she had previously shrunk from endorsing.
"Mueller's report is clear in pointing to Congress' responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted soberly. "It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution."
Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the Pr… https://t.co/3tcN6p7JyQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1555622899.0
"As such, I'll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib's impeachment resolution," she concluded.
Ocasio-Cortez added a link to a section from the Mueller report and analysis from the Washington Post that said that Mueller's team left it up to Congress "about how to handle their evidence of Trump engaging in obstruction."
She had previously been non-committal about impeachment, saying at one point that she would go along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about the process not being "worthwhile.
Later she cited the political difficulty of impeaching the president.
"I think what's tough is, impeachment in principle is something I openly support," Ocasio-Cortez said. "But it's also just the reality of having the votes in the Senate to pursue that. And so that's something that we have to take into consideration."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that impeachment was not worthwhile, echoing Pelosi's earlier sentiments.
Watch the video of AOC and impeachment:
Ocasio-Cortez claims there's 'so much' to impeach Trump on www.youtube.com