Ocasio-Cortez is Eligible for Removal Before She is Even Sworn In

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ha broken federal law and House ethics rules by threatening Donald Trump Jr with subpoena power. It is illegal for a member of Congress to use the power of government against anyone who disagrees with them politically. It started out with an Ocasio-Cortez tweet. Ocasio-Cortez: Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy? Don Trump Jr replied that is because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them, referring to Venezuela.

Ocasio-Cortez replied with:

According to — 42 U.S. Code § 1983 – Civil action for deprivation of rights

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

(R.S. § 1979; Pub. L. 96–170, § 1, Dec. 29, 1979, 93 Stat. 1284; Pub. L. 104–317, title III, § 309(c), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3853.)

House Ethics rules state:

“Members… are not to take or withhold any official action on the basis of the campaign contributions or support of the involved individuals, or their partisan affiliation. Members… are likewise prohibited from threatening punitive action on the basis of such considerations.”

Ocasio-Cortez now says it was a joke, and that we should realize that she doesn’t have subpoena power by herself. Yes, we do realize it, but does she? She has said she can’t wait for her inauguration, so she can sign bills and strip the Pentagon of the 21 trillion dollars they can’t account for even though the total defense budget from 1789 through 2018 was only $18 trillion. She should take that up with the three branches of government, the presidency, the Senate, and the House.

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