Former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a few words for the Alabama congressman that has threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against her on the first day of her presidency should she win the 2016 general election. His reasoning? Clinton has committed “high crimes.” Her response? The congressman’s threats are “pathetic” and “laughable” and “ridiculous.”
Reuters reported (via Yahoo News) October 23 that 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton finds Rep. Mo Brooks’ warnings of intent to impeach as something other than a serious threat. Apparently still chafing after an eighth unsuccessful attempt (the congressional hearings on Benghazi held in Washington this week) at casting some sort of blame on Clinton for the Benghazi embassy incident of 2012, the congressman said he would use her “high crimes and misdemeanors” as grounds.
Brooks, in a radio interview, said of Clinton that “she will be a unique president if she is elected by the public next November because the day she’s sworn in is the day that she’s subject to impeachment because she has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.” He later elaborated in an interview with The Hill that Clinton was subject to impeachment for mishandling emails with national security import while Secretary of State. (Note: Thus far, the former Secretary of State has not been found guilty of an illegal offense with regard to using her private email server for official emails.)
“Isn’t that pathetic?” she said of Brooks’ comments on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “It’s just laughable. It’s so totally ridiculous.
“It, perhaps, is good politics with, you know, the most intense, extreme part of their [Republicans] base. I guess that is, or otherwise why would they be doing it?” Clinton added.
Political theatre or not, both the Benghazi incident and the classified email scandal have cast a pall over the former First Lady’s bid for the presidency. Where she was once the clear Democratic frontrunner and led all other Democratic contenders for party’s nomination (by as much as 50 percent in some polls), she now has competition in Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. And where she once clearly bested Republican candidates in head-to-head match-ups, current polls show her narrowly winning or losing such battles. To say that her public image has been tarnished could well be an understatement.
There is still a year of politicking ahead as well for the 2016 presidential candidates, so it is as yet unclear how the continuous barrage of questions and accusations will ultimately impact Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. At present, she currently leads Sen. Sanders by an average of 22.8 percent, according to the latest Real Clear Politics average of polls.
Still, she has weathered at least one more attempt find wrongdoing on her part as Secretary of State. So what did she do after her 11 hours of testimony in Washington? “Well, I had my whole team come over to my house,” she said, “and we sat around eating Indian food and drinking wine and beer. That’s what we did. It was great.”