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 ClintonSupreme Court agrees to hear 'faithless elector' cases Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE endorsed an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' 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 PutinDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Russia's shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week 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 PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt 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 LewisThe Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event On The Money: USMCA vote held up as committees review deal | Trump legislation added .7T to debt: watchdog | 97 percent of CFOs expect downturn | Trump says 'phase two' China deal could come after election MORE (D-Ga.) and Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Democrat calls Gaetz the 'pot calling the kettle black' after Hunter Biden drug-use comments Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE (D-Ga.), as well as Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (D-Md.)

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