Ocasio-Cortez: "So Many" Reasons To Impeach Trump, "Number One Is Emoluments"


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said there are "so many" reasons to impeach President Trump in an interview with the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" on Sunday evening.

"I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president. I support impeaching this president," Ocasio-Cortez said.

MICHAEL ISIKOFF, YAHOO NEWS: This relates to the president, who was reported this week told the head of Customs and Border Protection that he would pardon him if he faced jail for denying entry to migrants. Chairman Jerry Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee said, today, that this showed the president's contempt for the law and that it was for the president to suggest that goal by deliberately seeking to break the law is unforgivable. I assume you agree with him. The question is, what should be the consequences?

REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: I mean, I think this is largely a part -- largely a question for our leadership. I think this is a very grave problem. But there are so many aspects to this presidency that have -- that have posed a grave problem.

ISIKOFF: Is it impeachable in your view?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president. I support impeaching this president.

ISIKOFF: Well, your colleague Rep. Tlaib has introduced a resolution to impeach him. Are you signed on?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: We hadn't signed on when it was first introduced but we probably will.

DANIEL KLAIDMAN, YAHOO NEWS: You think you will?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: Yeah. There are just so many things.

ISIKOFF: What would be your top three if you were drafting the articles of impeachment?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: The top three? I think number one is emoluments. I think it’s always been emoluments. It’s always been about that for me.

ISIKOFF: Two and three?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: Two and three. I think two would be tax fraud. And number three, um. Man, number three.

ISIKOFF: Interesting that you don't mention Russia.

OCASIO-CORTEZ: No, I don't. Because I think that for a lot of aspects of the Russia investigation, as we saw with the Mueller report, I think there are a lot of parts of the Russia issue that some down to emoluments. Pay-for-play, financial transactions, Trump Tower. It comes down to money. And if we had gotten something from the Mueller report I would probably put that up there as number one, but I feel like it is a little risky to put all your eggs in that basket. And I think a lot of this stuff happens through backdoor bank accounts and stuff like that. So emoluments kind of includes any financial misconduct in relation to Russia.

KLAIDMAN: Specifically on tax fraud, what do you have in mind? Is there something specific, like deflating assets, or the insurance issue. Those issues you brought up when you were questioning Michael Cohen?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: Yeah, I agree, I think it comes to that. There is just so much, like the census, you know, I can't even, the tax bill, like, what can, there is just so much!

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