Clinton predicts 'illegitimate president' Trump will lose in 2020

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio Trump, Biden court Black business owners in final election sprint The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE (D) on Thursday predicted an election defeat for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance 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.

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“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 slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit 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 BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio 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 SasseMcEnany says Trump will accept result of 'free and fair election' McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' Trump says he'll sign order aimed at protecting premature babies in appeal to religious voters MORE (R-Neb.) have called details of the call troubling.