Clinton said she supported impeachment proceedings against the president because of what has come to light this week from a whistleblower’s complaint concerning a call he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. During that conversation in late July, Trump sought Zelensky’s help in getting dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
“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,” Clinton told Pauley in the interview, which took place on Tuesday just hours before Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was launching formal impeachment proceedings.
The upcoming interview included Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, and was tied to publication of their new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” which profiles more than 100 trailblazing women — from the abolitionist Harriet Tubman to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist.
Since his 2016 victory, Trump has continued to attack Clinton, including over her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Clinton pushed back in the CBS interview, comparing her experience to what Biden is facing now.
“The most outrageously false things were said about me,” Clinton said. “And unfortunately, enough people believed them. So this is an effort to sow these falsehoods against Biden.
“And 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.”