Hillary Clinton: Trump impeachment probe 'absolutely unavoidable'
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE said Wednesday that an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE "became absolutely unavoidable" following the release of the phone call conversation and related whistleblower complaint.

Clinton, who was speaking on "The View," said her 2016 opponent's actions on a phone call with the Ukrainian president amounted to extortion.

"I think it became absolutely unavoidable when the summary of the phone call came out plus the whistleblower complaint," Clinton said.

The former secretary of State said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) had no choice but to initiate an investigation into the president because otherwise it would have been a "dereliction of duty."

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"They had to look into this," Clinton said. "And there's enough concern by former security officials, others who have weighed in on this, that it deserves an impeachment inquiry."

Pelosi last week formally launched an impeachment inquiry after details emerged about a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE, a leading 2020 presidential candidate, and Biden's son, Hunter.

"That phone call very clearly indicates an effort to not only pressure but in effect extort the president of Ukraine over much necessary military assistance that had already been passed by the Congress," Clinton said.