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Gary Johnson predicts 'impeachment' for Hillary Clinton

Libertarian presidential candidate former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson leaves the Utah State Capitol after meeting with with legislators in Salt Lake City on May 18. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson seemed to suggest Saturday that if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is elected she will be impeached shortly afterward. In an interview with a Colorado radio station, Johnson stated, “I think unquestionably if [Clinton] takes office she is going to be under criminal investigation, unquestionably this is going to be the nation's agenda for the entire time she is in office, and it may well end up in impeachment.”

Johnson further stated his belief that the emails represented a serious problem for Clinton and were a scandal on par with Watergate:

This is Watergate kind of stuff. This is really, really deep, real stuff and all you have to say, all you have to recognize is the FBI would not have done this — this is not political, this is anything but political, because of the fact they dropped this investigation in July, saying, to clear the decks for the election. That was also clearly, I don't even want to call it a political move, as much as a move that would clear up the election, that people would feel like this was not overhanging. Well, now it's overhanging, and it's overhanging for a reason. There's so much smoke in the room that it will never, ever get ventilated over the next four years. Never.

In July, Johnson strongly defended FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment against Clinton for her use of a private email server, saying, “I’m not a stone-thrower when it comes to Hillary Clinton and her emails and her server. I don’t think there has been criminal intent on Hillary Clinton’s part. I don’t see an indictment.”

In recent weeks, however, Johnson has seen his support dip from the high single-digits to below 5 percent according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Observers believe that most of his defections have gone to Hillary Clinton. If Johnson falls below 5 percent on Election Day, the Libertarian Party will miss out on its chance to receive federal matching funds for the first time in the party’s history.

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