Clinton predicts 'illegitimate president' Trump will lose in 2020

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? Trump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month Krystal Ball accuses Democrats of having 'zero moral authority' amid impeachment inquiry MORE (D) on Thursday predicted an election defeat for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE, telling "CBS This Morning" in an interview that the factors that contributed to her 2016 defeat to Trump would not happen again.

Asked by CBS whether she worried Trump would be reelected, Clinton replied that she was not, adding that the "many funny things" that occurred during her campaign for president, an apparent reference to Russian interference efforts, would not carry Trump to success in 2020.


“I believe that, look there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again. And I’m hoping that both the public and press understand the way Trump plays the game,” she told CBS.

Clinton joined other Democrats this week including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Overnight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' MORE (D-Calif.) in supporting the House's now-launched impeachment inquiry of the president. Many Democrats point to Trump's latest scandal surrounding his conversation with Ukraine's president about an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left MORE (D) as a clear attempt to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

“My view is that, given the latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interests, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,” she told CBS in the interview.

"I don’t care if you’re for the [Democrats] or you’re a Republican, when the president of the United States, who has taken an oath to protect and defend the constitution, uses his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his political purposes, I think that is very much what the founders worried about in high crimes and misdemeanors," Clinton continued.

Trump and Republican allies of the White House have argued that a memo detailing his call with Ukraine's president did not show an attempt by Trump to hinge military support for Ukraine on the country launching an investigation into Biden, while Democrats have argued the opposite.

Some Republicans, however, including Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges Senators press NSA official over shuttered phone surveillance program MORE (R-Neb.) have called details of the call troubling.