Hillary Clinton wrote in a blistering opinion piece published Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “documents a serious crime against the American people” — and that President Trump possibly broke the law.
But the former first lady — who infamously lost to Trump in the 2016 elections — added that she opposed any knee-jerk impeachment effort, favoring a more deliberative probe like the Watergate hearings.
“Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated. This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report. It documents a serious crime against the American people,” Clinton wrote in The Washington Post.
“The debate about how to respond to Russia’s ‘sweeping and systemic’ attack — and how to hold President Trump accountable for obstructing the investigation and possibly breaking the law — has been reduced to a false choice: immediate impeachment or nothing. History suggests there’s a better way to think about the choices ahead.”
Clinton noted that the issue was personal for her given Republicans in the House voted to impeach President Clinton.
But she said she had a unique vantage point because she was secretary of state during much of Vladimir Putin’s rise and had also served as a staff attorney during the Watergate hearings.
“My perspective is not just that of a former candidate and target of the Russian plot. I am also a former senator and secretary of state who served during much of Vladimir Putin’s ascent, sat across the table from him and knows firsthand that he seeks to weaken our country,” she said.