A Republican lawmaker is floating impeachment for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton: Photos from women’s march ‘awe-inspiring’ Ex-Clinton aide: Spicer should have resigned rather than lie Zuckerberg moves spark 2020 speculation MORE, should the Democratic presidential candidate lock up her party's nomination and go on to win the White House.
Rep. Mo BrooksMo BrooksGOP rep: Sessions attacks part of ‘war on whites’ Ala. governor interviews suspended judge for Sessions's seat Hispanic leader: Trump team talk on immigration 'encouraging' MORE (R-Ala.) said in a phone interview with The Hill late Monday that he believes Clinton improperly handled classified information on her private email server during her time as secretary of State.
Brooks pointed to a section in the federal code that prohibits the "unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material," though suggested other areas could also apply to Clinton.
"I don't know, off hand, whether her commission of these offenses is a legal barrier to running for president. But if Congress should so choose, it would be a legal basis for her removal from office," Brooks said later in the interview.
"Why do you think Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden boards train home to Delaware after Trump's inauguration Overnight Tech: Meet the key players for Trump on tech | Patent chief staying on | Kerry aide goes to Snapchat | Uber's M settlement Biden's farewell message: Serving as VP has been my 'greatest honor' MORE is thinking about running for president?" Brooks asked. "To a large degree, he's waiting to see if Hillary Clinton gets arrested or indicted."
Brooks made headlines on Monday when The Huffington Post highlighted his remarks from a recent radio interview when he floated the prospect of impeachment for Clinton on her first day in office.
Clinton, amid a federal probe into her email arrangement, has maintained that she never sent or received information that was marked classified when she was secretary of State.
Her use of a private email server has dogged her Democratic presidential campaign since it was first publicly revealed in March, weeks before she launched her 2016 White House bid.
"If we had an unbiased judicial system, not run by this particular White House, in my opinion, she would have already been arrested," Brooks told The Hill.
"There's plenty of evidence to establish probable cause, which is the legal standard for an arrest warrant or an indictment," added Brooks, a former prosecutor and district attorney.
"The only issue is whether Barack ObamaBarack ObamaEx-Clinton aide: Spicer should have resigned rather than lie Zuckerberg moves spark 2020 speculation Crowd experts: Women’s march three times bigger than inauguration MORE and the White House will try to suppress a thorough investigation with resulting prosecution or get out of the way and let our prosecutors do their jobs, the FBI do their jobs, unfettered by any political constraint," he said.
Asked if he would like to see the situation resolved before the question of impeachment was raised, Brooks answered, "I would like to see Hillary Clinton treated like every other American citizen would be treated if they had improperly taken classified documents" and then improperly stored them.
Clinton is headed to Capitol Hill this week and is slated to appear Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, where she is expected to face questions on the attack as well as her private email.
Democrats have gone on the offense ahead of her testimony this week to say that Republicans have "no evidence" to support claims she was responsible for the deaths of four Americans during the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Republicans have sought to keep a focus on the 2012 Libya attacks while also stressing the issue of Clinton's private email server from her time as secretary of State, from 2009 to 2013.
Brooks pointed to his work handling classified information as part of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, saying of his four years in Congress, "I never get it electronically, never.
"If it's not protected, you are creating a significant risk of a loss of many American lives," Brooks continued. "It's national security. There are bad people out in the world who would love to have this information."