Hillary Clinton Speaks Out On Impeachment: Trump Is An ‘Illegitimate President’
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who won a popular vote for president but lost the election to President Donald Trump in 2016 due to rules set forth by the Electoral College, is fully supportive of an impeachment inquiry into her former political opponent.
In an interview set to air on “CBS’ Sunday Morning,” Clinton spoke with journalist Jane Pauley about several issues surrounding politics today — and of course, the latest Trump scandal.
The interview was actually recorded just hours before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress would begin a formal impeachment inquiry against the president. That decision came about after it was revealed that a whistleblower’s complaint alleged Trump had pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to order an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate that Trump may run against in the 2020 presidential election.
Although the announcement by Pelosi hadn’t yet been made, Clinton herself supported Congress holding the president to account, CBS News reported.
“My view is that, given the latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interests, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,” Clinton said. “And I think, sadly, there are a number of grounds. But this one is incredibly troubling.”
According to Clinton, Trump used “his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his political purposes,” a situation that should worry voters from both parties, Clinton said.
“I think that is very much what the founders worried about in ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” the former presidential nominee added.
Clinton said that, while it was disappointing to lose to Trump, whom she described as a “corrupt human tornado,” she didn’t think much about the president’s consistent attacks against her since he’s taken office.
“[H]e knows he’s an illegitimate president,” she explained. “I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used – from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories — he knows that there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did.”