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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not support impeaching President Donald Trump, saying the act would be pointless given that Republicans still control the U.S. Senate.
“I think [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] is right to be cautious about making sure whatever is done in this Congress is more in accord with the very careful approach of 1973 and 4,” Clinton said in reference to former President Richard Nixon’s impeachment process. Her comments were made Tuesday at the Time 100 Summit, according to The Hill.
Clinton also said that impeachment proceedings could distract from other issues that Congress should be tackling.
“And remember the other piece of this is that the Congress has to keep working,” Clinton said. “I know [Pelosi] is very focused on putting some accomplishments on the table, even if they die in the do-nothing Senate — which they will. Because that has become a hotbed of cynicism unlike anything I have ever seen.”
Democrats have been split on the impeachment question since the release of the Mueller report, with some Democratic leaders such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Michigan Sen. Rashida Tlaib favoring an impeachment resolution against Trump. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have advocated for a more cautious approach.
Impeachment advocates like Warren claim that the Mueller report provides evidence that Trump attempted to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation, and that Democrats have an obligation to initiate impeachment proceedings.
“The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help,” Warren said on Friday. “Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack.”