Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday defended Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) after he pulled a fire alarm in a House office building before the government funding vote Saturday. 

Bowman has apologized for pulling the alarm, which has led to an investigation by Capitol Police and an expulsion push by some House Republicans.

After CNN’s Jake Tapper suggested that Bowman’s explanation of why he pulled the alarm didn’t seem to make sense, OcasioCortez said she did take him at his word and that his explanation was understandable.

“I think if you actually do see some of the photos of the signs, I think there’s something to be said about, the government’s about to shut down. There’s a vote clock that’s going down. The exits that are normally open in that building were suddenly closed,” Ocasio-Cortez said. ... Read More: The Hill