“I think that an impeachment inquiry is right on our doorstep,” the New York Democrat said, adding she is “concerned” about where the line to begin proceedings has been drawn.
“If now isn’t the time … what is the bar, what is the line that we’re waiting to be crossed for an impeachment inquiry, and so far it doesn’t seem like there is one,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And so without a clear boundary, it seems as though we’re kind of sitting on our hands,” she added. “So, if now isn’t the time, then I think a lot of folks would like to know, when is the time?”
“I don’t think you should impeach for political reasons, and I don’t think you should not impeach for political reasons,” Pelosi said at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit.
The speaker has faced increasing pressure from members of the Democratic Party, both on the campaign trail and in her caucus, who have voiced support for opening an impeachment inquiry.
Ocasio-Cortez said in April she would support impeachment proceedings against Trump after reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President. It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, promising to sign on to an impeachment resolution led by fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
CNN’s Clare Foran, Ashley Killough and Alex Rogers contributed to this report.