AOC responds to Mueller report by accusing of Republican's 'double standards on impeachment'

Andrew Buncombe

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has responded to the publication of the Mueller report by accusing Republicans of double standards on the issue of impeachment.

As the White House and Republicans sought to claim the special counsel’s report contained no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and that Democrats had no grounds to try and impeach Donald Trump, she tweeted a video that contained several members of the GOP explaining why they had censured Bill Clinton two decades ago.

Among them was senator Orrin Hatch who said of Mr Clinton’s 1998 impeachment by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives: “This great nation can tolerate a president who makes mistakes.

"But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up. Any other citizen would be prosecuted for these crimes.”

Mitch McConnell, how the Republican leader of the senate, said in the months leading up to Mr Clinton’s impeachment: “Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth?

"I am of course referring to the investigation into serious allegations of illegal conduct by the president of the United States.”

Lindsay Graham, a senator from South Carolina and a staunch defender of the president, said 20 years ago of Mr Clinton: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job [as president] in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”

The New York congresswoman posted the video with the words “Throwback Thursday”