Hillary Clinton: Trump impeachment probe 'absolutely unavoidable'
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE said Wednesday that an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress 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 BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report 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.