Clinton: Not worth pursuing Trump impeachment with 'do-nothing Senate'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE on Tuesday backed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' MORE (D-Calif.) for her comment that impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE "isn’t worth it," saying the California lawmaker was chiefly concerned with putting "some points on the board" because of the "do-nothing" Republican-controlled Senate.

"I think Nancy is right to be cautious about making sure whatever is done in this Congress is more in accord with the very careful approach of 1973 and '4," Clinton said while speaking at the Time 100 Summit.

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"And remember, the other piece of this is that the Congress has to keep working. I know she is very focused on putting some accomplishments on the table, even if they die in the do-nothing Senate, which they will, because that has become a hotbed of cynicism unlike anything I have ever seen," she continued.

Clinton also said at the event, "I have a kind of weird personal history about impeachment," which earned laughs from the crowd. 

"And not what you're thinking," she added, noting she was referring to her work as an attorney during former President Nixon's administration, not to her husband, former President Clinton, who was impeached by the House but not the Senate in 1998.

Clinton, noting that she knows several current Republican senators through her time serving in the Senate, added, "I know some of these people, and they know better.”

"So, the House needs to put some points on the board, and that happened during Watergate," Clinton said, referring to the buildup of impeachment proceedings against Nixon in 1973 and 1974.

Pelosi has frequently expressed disinterest in impeachment proceedings against Trump, reportedly warning ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s redacted report that appearing overeager without securing any Republican support could hurt Democratic candidates in 2020.  

Clinton wrote a profile of Pelosi for Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People” list, which was released last week.

"There’s a saying that goes: 'If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.' Speaker Nancy Pelosi is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman," the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate wrote.

During the Time 100 event, Clinton also said she thought Trump would have been indicted for obstruction of justice as a result of Mueller's probe if he weren't in the White House.

Updated 4:28 p.m.