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

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar 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 PompeoPompeo under pressure over threats to Yovanovitch Regardless of how the Iraqis feel, the US should leave Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast MORE was on the call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE, 'You can't extort foreign countries to get dirt on your political enemies'?" Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertYang: I've received about 12 apologies from media networks during campaign Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' Bloomberg to appear on 'The Late Show' following next week's Democratic debate 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 BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine 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.