(CNSNews.com) – Citing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she would now support a resolution introduced by fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) last month seeking President Trump’s impeachment.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.”
“As such, I’ll be signing onto Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution.”
The constitutional clause referred to by Ocasio-Cortez states, “The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.”
Earlier, Ocasio-Cortez indicated that while she openly supports “impeachment in principle,” getting the Republican-controlled Senate to vote to remove Trump from office would be tough.
In a tweet Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also indicated support for the move, calling impeachment “part of our constitutional responsibility.”
Tlaib’s measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), calls on the House Judiciary Committee to “inquire whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America.”
Three weeks after she introduced it, no further co-sponsors have signed up.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has up to now made clear her reluctance to pursue impeachment – a stance House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also took on Thursday.
“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” he told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment.”
Mueller’s partially-redacted report states that the investigation into collusion allegations “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or co-ordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
It also says the investigation was unable to say “conclusively” whether the president had committed criminal conduct in obstructing justice, and indicates that the U.S. Congress should be the body that determines whether that occurred.
“With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” it states (Volume II, page 8).
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Thursday impeachment was “one possibility” as Congress continues to look into the report.
“When you say that it’s Congress’ responsibility to hold the president accountable, does that mean impeachment?” he was asked during a press briefing.
“That is one possibility,” Nadler replied. “There are others. We obviously have to get to the bottom of what happened and take whatever action seems necessary at that time.”
“It’s is too early to reach those conclusions,” he added, saying that was one of the reasons why he was calling for the release of the full, unredacted Mueller report.
Asked whether Congress would proceed with its own investigation into alleged obstruction, Nadler said, “We will proceed with our inquiries – I mean, the first thing we will do is make sure we get the rest of the report and the underlying evidence.”
Nadler said Attorney General Bill Barr would testify in front of the Judiciary Committee on May 2 and we expected Mueller will do so within weeks thereafter. He expected the committee would hold a series of hearings, “and we’ll see where we go from there.”
On the night of her swearing-in last January, Tlaib told supporters, in reference to Trump, “we’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf****r!”
When she introduced her resolution last month, Tlaib said on the House floor that the measure “creates a transparent process to ensure that the protection of our democracy, that ensures that we don't have a lawless society that results in irreparable harm to the American people.”
“Doing nothing when we are seeing blatant disregard of the United States Constitution to our ethical norms is dangerous. No-one, Madam Speaker, including the President of United States, is above the law.”
Green, the sole co-sponsor of Tlaib’s resolution, is also the only co-sponsor of another impeachment resolution, introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) last January, which states that Trump had “has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice during a federal investigation.”
Green himself introduced two impeachment resolutions – neither were co-sponsored – during the previous Congress, in June 2017 and January 2018, both relating to public statements by the president which the measures said constituted “harm to American society to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.” He forced two votes on the measures, winning the support of 58 and 66 Democrats respectively.
On Thursday, Green tweeted that the Mueller report “gives us the green light many have said was needed to proceed w/impeachment.”