Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vowed to sign onto an impeachment resolution after the Mueller report’s release on Thursday.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President. It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
“As such, I’ll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib’s impeachment resolution,” she added.
Tlaib, another freshman Democratic congresswoman who represents a Michigan district, submitted an impeachment resolution in late March. The resolution would direct the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Trump has committed impeachable offenses. Only one other Democrat, Rep. Al Green of Texas, backed the resolution after she submitted it.
Ocasio-Cortez has largely stayed mum on impeachment since her election in 2018 to a district that covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.
“Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted,” she wrote in another tweet Thursday. “We all prefer working on our priorities: pushing Medicare for All, tackling student loans, & a Green New Deal. But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.”
The redacted 448-page report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Trump’s campaign did not engage in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The report also showed, however, that Mueller’s team struggled with the question of whether the president obstructed justice.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment,” the report said.