If Hillary Clinton becomes president, then Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson believes there’s a good chance she could be impeached and removed from office.
Johnson, speaking with the Beloit Daily News, said Tuesday that Clinton’s decision to use a private email server while secretary of state — and the cover-up afterward — amounts to impeachable charges.
"She purposefully circumvented [the law], this was willful concealment and destruction,” Johnson said. "I'm not a lawyer, but this is clearly written. I would say yes, high crime or misdemeanor, I believe she is in violation of both laws."
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Johnson cited 18 U.S. Code 793 (f) and 18 U.S. Code 2071, which have to do with the willful destruction or removal from proper custody of information relating to national defense. Johnson honed in on the latter of the two, which reads in part that anyone found to have concealed or removed records "shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States."
Johnson, who is locked in a re-election battle with Democrat Russ Feingold, the incumbent he defeated in 2010, said he believes the initial FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server was not in pursuit of truth but was intended to cover up her actions. In July, FBI Director James Comey said Clinton had been careless with classified information but he declined to prosecute her.
"That was a corrupt conclusion," Johnson said of the results of the investigation.
On Friday, FBI Director James Comey told Congress that the bureau had discovered additional emails that might be relevant to the Clinton email case.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.