Right after she was elected, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)was ready to get the ball rolling on impeaching President Donald Trump immediately. A few months later, she's taking a much more reserved stance on the issue, according to The Hill.
The revelation from Attorney General William Barr that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence of collusion with Russia, nor did he find enough evidence to make a determination about whether the president obstructed justice, has helped reality set in for some Democrats.
"I think what's tough is, impeachment in principle is something I openly support," Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday. "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."
What did she say about impeachment before? In November, after her election and before she took office, Ocasio-Cortez was eager to get impeachment proceedings moving, saying even then that she didn't think it would be premature to seek impeachment.
"I've been supportive of impeachment for some time now so I think it just adds to the case," Ocasio-Cortez said of Michael Cohen's plea deal with Mueller. "I mean, it's just, this is ridiculous. This is outrageous. In 1998, the entire Republican Party decides to impeach Bill Clinton over what standard? And the fact that they have to raise that standard to go above and beyond."
Ocasio-Cortez believed President Trump's actions had already "far surpassed" the standard that was used in impeaching Clinton.
What do other Democrats think? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was already trying to reign in members who were eager to impeach, even before the Mueller report was complete. Still, some Democrats such as Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) have been undeterred.
While Democrats could potentially win an impeachment vote in the House, they would need at least 20 Republican senators to vote in favor of it to get a conviction.