Clinton predicts 'illegitimate president' Trump will lose in 2020

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLet's 'reimagine' political corruption The Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second MORE (D) on Thursday predicted an election defeat for President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin following his Build Back Better opposition 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 sidesteps progressives' March 1 deadline for Build Back Better Let's 'reimagine' political corruption Briahna Joy Gray discusses Pelosi's 2022 re-election announcement 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 BidenFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Romney tests positive for coronavirus Pelosi sidesteps progressives' March 1 deadline for Build Back Better 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 SasseBen SasseSenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections MORE (R-Neb.) have called details of the call troubling.