Clinton jokes she 'never' had to tell Obama not to 'extort foreign countries'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris rips Gabbard over Fox appearances during Obama years Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE joked Monday that she never had to tell former President Obama not to withhold aid from allies in order to secure damaging information on political opponents, responding to reports that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony MORE was on the call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and the Ukrainian president at the center of the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats.

"How many times when you were secretary of State did you have to say to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Debate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Is Joe Biden finished? MORE, 'You can't extort foreign countries to get dirt on your political enemies'?" Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertHelen Mirren, Ian McKellen act out Trump Ukraine call in Colbert appearance Klobuchar to Colbert: We're going 'to build a blue wall' in PA, WI, MI and 'make Trump pay for it' Sherrod Brown: GOP colleagues privately acknowledge Trump is racist, misogynist MORE, host of "The Late Show," asked Clinton.


"Yeah, that never happened," Clinton responded in an advance clip put out by the show on Twitter. "No."

Colbert followed up by asking Clinton what the role of the secretary of State should be in those situations.

"The secretary of State's job is to make sure that he knows, number one, what the president is going to say on those calls," said Clinton, painting a picture of a coordinated effort and shared talking points put together before the president ever calls a foreign leader.

"Because you’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to anybody and doesn’t follow instructions whatsoever, I’m not sure they [haven't] given up on trying to give him any sort of preparation," she added.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Pompeo was on the July 25 call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and his son Hunter Biden. The call came just days after Trump delayed the delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine.

The Hill has reached out to the State Department and White House about Pompeo's participation.

Democrats officially launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week, saying his actions show he was trying it use the powers of the presidency for political gain.