(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN Wednesday night that President Trump could be impeached for a number of reasons, including profiting from his presidency. But if the Ukraine situation is "what brings the caucus together, then I think we have to run with it," she said.
Whatever the grounds for impeachment, Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats must move quickly, to prevent Trump's re-election, she indicated:
"While I believe personally we should be pursuing and investigating quite flagrant abuses of the emoluments clause...I think that all of this is game for investigation. But 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, this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year."
Rep. Steve Scalise flagged AOC's comment in a tweet on Thursday morning, writing:
"Rep. Ocasio-Cortez admits Dems are using impeachment to rig 2020 against @realDonaldTrump. Take her at her word -- 'This is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.' Make no mistake: This is about power for Dems. Nothing else."
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Ocasio-Cortez if it will "hurt Democrats" if they can't persuade Republicans that Trump's dealings with Ukraine rises to impeachable conduct.
"I'm actually not overly concerned about this, because I think the whole point of our public hearings is to present these facts to the public and to let the general public really see the facts for themselves and to understand why we have chosen to move forward with the impeachment inquiry," Ocasio-Cortez responded.
"I think what we heard today was just astounding and devastating news for the president, for anyone that was in the administration, that was really partaking. And frankly, this is devastating for the country.
Our national security has been compromised, our elections are potentially compromised. And so I think right now what Republicans have to do is decide what their role is going to be in the scope of history, because we will look back at this time and really and truly examine the moral decisions each member of Congress decided to make."