“My message would be, look, you got hired to do a job,” Clinton said during a phone interview with CNN on Thursday. “You don’t get the days back you blow off. Every day is an opportunity to make something good happen.
“And I would say, ‘I’ve got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry, and they should just have at it,'” continued Clinton – a Democrat – who was impeached by the GOP-controlled House in 1998. “Meanwhile, I’m going to work for the American people. That’s what I would do.”
The US House of Representatives held its first public hearings on Wednesday in its impeachment inquiry into allegations that Trump asked a foreign government to investigate a domestic political rival.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump has admitted to actions that amount to “bribery” in the Ukraine scandal, accusing the Republican president of an impeachable offense under the Constitution.
“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery,” Pelosi said at a news conference on.
“What the president has admitted to and says it’s perfect, I say it’s perfectly wrong. It’s bribery,” she added.
The US Constitution states that impeachable offenses include “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.
Only two American presidents have been impeached by the House, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Clinton in 1998. Neither Johnson nor Clinton was convicted by the Senate.
In 1974, then US President Richard Nixon resigned in the face of certain impeachment and removal from office over the Watergate scandal.