Hillary Clinton backs impeachment inquiry into Trump

Hillary Clinton backs impeachment inquiry into Trump
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden opens widest lead over Trump in online betting markets Trump, Biden battle to shape opinion on scenes of unrest Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines MORE endorsed an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests 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 BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE 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 Biden or lose the military aid he needs to defend against Trump’s friend, Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHow Russia benefits from America's crisis Trump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' EU foreign policy chief says US can invite Russia as 'guest' to G-7 MORE — if that’s not an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is."

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Clinton's comments came the same day House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi scoffs at comparison between Trump and Churchill: 'I think they're hallucinating' Republicans stand by Esper after public break with Trump Pelosi joins protests against George Floyd's death outside Capitol 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 LewisPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd Tim Scott: Trump's 'shooting,' 'vicious dogs' tweets 'are not constructive' MORE (D-Ga.) and Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonProgressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union MORE (D-Ga.), as well as Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries The Postal Service collapse that isn't happening MORE (D-Md.)

“The president must be held accountable,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “No one is above the law.”