Hillary Clinton bashed Donald Trump Sunday, calling the president ‘a corrupt human tornado’ after a week of negative media attention surrounding revelations of a July phone call he had with the Ukrainian president.
While promoting ‘The Book of Gutsy Women,’ which she wrote with her daughter Chelsea, Clinton – who often laments that she won the popular vote in 2016 – called Trump an ‘illegitimate president.’
‘He knows that there were a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out how it did,’ Clinton, 71, told CBS in a pre-recorded interview that aired Sunday morning.
Her most recent criticism of the president comes after a whistle-blower last week brought to light his allegations that during a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky, Trump tried to pressure the foreign leader into investigating Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Hillary Clinton, joined by her daughter Chelsea to promote their book ‘The Book of Gutsy Women’, railed against the president, claiming that she lost the 2016 election to a ‘corrupt human tornado’
Clinton called Trump an ‘illegitimate president,’ which she often does when mentioning she won the popular vote in 2016. Her criticism comes after a particularly tumultuous week for the president
‘Given this latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interest, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,’ she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the lower chamber was officially opening an impeachment inquiry into the president following after the whistle-blower’s allegations came to light.
‘I don’t care who you’re for in the Democratic primary or whether you’re a Republican, when the president of the United States, who has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and by that, defend the American people and their interest, uses his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his own political purposes, I think that is very much what the founders worried about in high crimes and misdemeanors,’ she continued when asked about the impeachment proceedings.
The Obama-era secretary of state said that she doesn’t ‘accept’ that Donald Trump will receive another four year.
‘I don’t believe that will happen,’ she insisted.
The former candidate’s packed media week and her renewed critique of his presidency has rumors swirling that she is looking at potentially entering thee 2020 Democratic primary race – at the same time Biden is losing clout within the party.
Clinton has a packed media week, and her comments that what happened in 2016 won’t happen again have sparked rumors she might launch a 2020 presidential run
‘Look, there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again,’ she told interviewer Jane Pauley. ‘And I’m hoping that both the public and press understand the way Trump plays the game.’
Clinton said it doesn’t bother her that Trump continues to bring her up during his campaign rallies, where the crowd still chants, ‘Lock her up,’ when the president mentions her name.
‘He knows he’s an illegitimate president,’ Clinton said. ‘I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories – he knows that – there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did.’
‘You know, it was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado,’ Clinton continued. ‘And so I know that he knows, that this wasn’t on the level. I don’t know that we’ll ever know what happened.’
Trump earned 306 Electoral College votes in 2016 to Clinton’s 232. But Clinton, who won the popular vote, still argues against his legitimacy as a president since she earned around 3 million more votes than him.
Many Democrats who were on-the-fence about looking into removing the president from office have now issued calls for his impeachment following revelations of the nature of his phone call.
Trump released on Wednesday an unredacted version of a transcript of his July 25 phone call in a sign of good faith that he said would prove he never pressured Zelensky or threatened to withhold military aid unless the Ukrainian government probed the Biden’s business dealings there.
Hunter Biden accepted a board position with Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2014, when his father was still serving as vice president.
The move raised eyebrows in Washington as a severe conflict of interest, but the administration argued at the time that there were no issues since Hunter is a private citizen.
As Trump comes under fire for the conversation and his dealings with Ukraine, Biden is also struggling to maintain his polling lead as confusion over his potential involvement in the Ukraine scandal circulates.
A whistle-blower alleges that in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky, Trump pressured him to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine
The scandal involving Biden and his son (left) has contributed to his slipping poll numbers, adding to speculation Clinton could make a run for the White House yet again
Many Democratic primary voters have shown their preference for an establishment Democrat, and with Biden slipping and the impending impeachment inquiry, Clinton has emerged back on the media scene.
Her media schedule included her interview on CBS Sunday Morning, another with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show and an appearance on political talk show The View, among others.
She also touted her relationship with Democratic lawmakers – including the top Democrat in the House – potentially exhibiting her ability to play ball.
‘I had a chance to visit with Nancy backstage and I really share her view that the seriousness with which she has addressed the question of impeachment is exactly in line with what a sobering decision she had to make,’ Clinton said.
‘And now she must proceed with an impeachment inquiry into the president,’ she said. ‘This occupant of the Oval Office poses a clear and present danger to our future and our democracy.’
‘This is not a partisan political statement, it is a harsh reality, which is why the Speaker has acted. Because it goes to the core of our values, our strength, our freedom, our security, our prosperity,’ Clinton said.
What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump?
Some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s critics in the House of Representatives are calling for an impeachment investigation following a whistleblower complaint that has roiled Washington.
The complaint, which came from inside the intelligence community, focused on a July phone call in which Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine´s president to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is one of Trump´s chief political rivals, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal and other U.S. media outlets.
Some Democratic lawmakers have said they have no choice but to try to impeach Trump if he pressured a foreign leader to influence a U.S. election.
The majority of the 235 Democrats in the House already supported an impeachment inquiry based on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which declined to make a judgment on whether Trump obstructed justice but outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to have Mueller fired or otherwise impede the investigation.
Trump on Sunday acknowledged that he discussed Biden with Ukraine´s president but defended the call as perfectly appropriate.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don´t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
Opinion polls continue to show voters sharply divided over removing Trump from office through impeachment, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opposed impeachment as a politically risky move unless investigators find powerful evidence of misconduct by Trump that can unify public opinion.
Here is how the impeachment process works.
The founders of the United States created the office of the presidency and feared that its powers could be abused. So they included impeachment as a central part of the Constitution.
They gave the House “the sole power of impeachment;” the Senate, “the sole power to try all impeachments;” and the chief justice of the Supreme Court the duty of presiding over impeachment trials in the Senate.
The president, under the Constitution, can be removed from office for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” What exactly that means is unclear. Historically, it can encompass corruption and other abuses, including trying to obstruct judicial proceedings.
No president has ever been removed as a direct result of impeachment. One, President Richard Nixon, resigned before he could be removed. Two, presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were impeached by the House, but not convicted by the Senate.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Impeachment begins in the House, the lower chamber, which debates and votes on whether to bring charges against the president via approval of an impeachment resolution, or “articles of impeachment,” by a simple majority of the House’s 435 members.
If the House approves such a resolution, a trial is then held in the Senate. House members act as the prosecutors; the senators as jurors; the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presides. A two-thirds majority vote is required in the 100-member Senate to convict and remove a president. This has never happened.
CAN THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURN?
No. Trump has said on Twitter that he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene if Democrats tried to impeach him. But the founders explicitly rejected allowing appeal of a Senate conviction to the federal judiciary.
PARTY BREAKDOWN IN CONGRESS?
The House has 235 Democrats, 199 Republicans, and one independent. As a result, the Democrats could impeach Trump with no Republican support.
In 1998, when Republicans had a House majority, the chamber voted largely along party lines to impeach Clinton, a Democrat.
The Senate now has 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who usually vote with the Democrats. Conviction and removal of a president would require 67 votes. So, for Trump to be removed from office via impeachment, at least 20 Republicans and all the Democrats and independents would have to vote against him.
WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT IF TRUMP IS REMOVED?
In the unlikely event the Senate convicted Trump, Vice President Mike Pence would become president for the remainder of Trump’s term, which ends on January 20, 2021.
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