‘We Know What We Need to Do’: AOC Calls on Dems to ‘Move Forward’ With Impeachment After McGahn No-Show

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Another empty chair at a House hearing has set off Democrats to seriously consider beginning impeachment proceedings. Former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to testify in front of Congress on Tuesday, leading a clear path forward for lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday. “That includes impeachment.”

McGahn joins Attorney General William Barr as people involved in the aftermath of the Mueller report who are refusing to answer House members’ questions.

It’s unclear if the Democratic-controlled House will take up impeachment proceedings. There is still disagreement — mainly stemming from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — about whether impeachment is worth the political backlash, especially considering the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to complete the impeachment process as its seats are filled with Trump allies.

But for Ocasio-Cortez, what the Senate does or doesn’t do isn’t the point.

“Just as what happens in the House doesn’t control Senate, what happens in the Senate shouldn’t control the House,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Remember, Clinton was also impeached – that failed in Sen too,” she continued. “Our institutions didn’t suffer then, but they have been damaged greatly today w unwillingness to impeach. Whether it’s Dem fear or GOP recklessness, doesn’t matter. Failure to impeach now is neglect of due process.”

The New York congresswoman doubled down on her stance to reporters.

“I think that we know what we need to do,” she told The Hill. “I personally believe that I think we have to move forward.”

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Ocasio-Cortez repeated a similar sentiment to MSNBC.

“I think that at a certain point, this is no longer about politics, but this is about upholding the rule of law,” she said.

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The idea of impeachment proceedings seems to be gaining popularity and urgency for House Democrats, and now they know they’ll have at least one Republican on their side.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) surprised his Republican colleagues by becoming the first GOP congressional lawmaker to come out in support of beginning impeachment proceedings.

“Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash tweeted Saturday.