Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said impeaching President Trump serves many purposes, such as holding him accountable for violating laws in the Constitution. She added it can also help prevent a "potentially disastrous outcome" in 2020.
"You made the case the president could be impeached for profiting off the presidency, his conduct in the Russia investigation. What message, congresswoman, will it send if Democrats don’t incorporate those issues into the upcoming articles of impeachment?” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked on Wednesday.
“While I believe personally that we should be pursuing and investigating quite flagrant abuses of the emoluments clause, even reporting as recently as the suspicious stops at Trump properties even in congressional delegations or rather in foreign trips, I think all of this is game for investigation," Ocasio-Cortez said.
"We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections. And so this is not just about something that has occurred, about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome next year," she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez made her comments after the first day of the public impeachment hearings. The House Intelligence Committee heard testimony, though not firsthand accounts, from Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent and Ambassador William Taylor.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reasserted during her weekly press conference on Thursday that the ongoing inquiry into Trump has nothing to with politics, but rather it had to do with patriotism and upholding their oaths of office.