Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said President Trump's "transgressions against democracy" include the Ukraine scandal, emoluments, and Russia. Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee, said an impeachment inquiry is "completely different" than nullifying an election that Democrats lost.
"I think it's an understandable directive," Ocasio-Cortez said of an impeachment inquiry. "The Judiciary Committee has long been investigating many of the violations of the president, but this Ukraine allegation is head and shoulders one of the most serious and urgent allegations that we have seen come out of this administration to date. And so I think it's completely understandable that we've seen this. I think it's an allegation that frankly has united more members of the party on impeachment than any other."
"So for that I think it's an understandable decision that we make," she said. "That being said, I do think it's important that we continue to tell the story of the other violations, whether it's emoluments, whether it's having diplomats staying at Trump properties. I think all of these things need to be looked into, but this Ukraine allegation is incredibly serious and very urgent."
"Explain to the audience why it rises above the other ones," CNN host Chris Cuomo instructed the Congresswoman. "We all get the irony that all the Mueller stuff was trying to figure out if anyone helped the Russians interfere in the election. And now you have the president, you know, creating his own situation. He manufactured all of this. He brought it up with the Ukraine president. He was reaching out to a foreign power in a way that seemed about his political fortunes going forward. We get that. But why should it rise about all the other things that your party has been telling the country matter so much?"
"One of the things we've been seeing by the president is that he has been engaging in continiously escalating disturbing behavior," Ocasio-Cortez said. "He has been breaking larger norms and bigger rules as time goes on. But what makes this Ukrainian situation much more serious, first of all, is that this is a very serious matter of national security. We are talking about the president using the full power of the United States government in order to pursue and manufacture a politically motivated investigation against a political opponent."
"What also makes this urgent is that this is about something that is going to happen," she warned. "The 2020 election. We have the opportunity to act now to prevent a profoundly destabilizing action, an intervention in our democracy before it happens."
"I think that is a profoundly urgent action that we need to take right now and everything else is just as serious," Ocasio-Cortez said. "All of these transgressions against our democracy are extremely serious, but we are investigating things that have unfortunately that have already happened. When it comes to Ukraine, we are talking about a potential meddling in the 2020 election that has still yet to happen."