Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE endorsed an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE, telling People magazine in an excerpt published Tuesday that she believed it was the appropriate response to allegations Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
“I’m in favor of moving toward impeachment," she told the magazine. “I did not come to that decision easily or quickly, but this is an emergency, as I see it. … This latest behavior around Ukraine, trying to enlist the president of Ukraine in a plot to undermine former Vice President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE or lose the military aid he needs to defend against Trump’s friend, Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin's party expected to keep control of lower house amid fraud complaints Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Hillicon Valley — Facebook 'too late' curbing climate falsities MORE — if that’s not an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is."
Clinton's comments came the same day House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) announced a formal impeachment inquiry.
“The president of the United States is betraying our country on a daily basis,” Clinton told the publication, adding, “This man who is in the Oval Office right now is a clear and present danger to the future of the United States.”
Clinton denounced Trump as a “corrupt human tornado” in her remarks to People, adding that he was “undermining the more perfect union” of the U.S.
The former secretary of State and presidential candidate’s call for impeachment came after a flood of similar endorsements from moderate holdouts within the party, many of whom are defending competitive House districts in 2020.
Longtime impeachment skeptics who endorsed an inquiry Tuesday in addition to Pelosi included Reps. John LewisJohn LewisHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Budowsky: High stakes drama for Biden, Manchin, Sinema Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE (D-Ga.) and Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonHillicon Valley: Senators want answers about Amazon's biometric data collection | House members release companion bill targeting app stores | Google files to dismiss Ohio lawsuit House members release companion bill targeting app stores Rep. Al Green, Texas state lawmaker arrested outside Capitol during voting rights protest MORE (D-Ga.), as well as Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.)
“The president must be held accountable,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “No one is above the law.”