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Hillary Clinton says President Trump would have been indicted by Mueller if he were 'any other person'


The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said it's time for Congress to investigate

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says President Donald Trump would have been indicted for obstruction of justice over the findings by special counsel Robert Mueller if he were "any other person," insisting the office he holds provided cover.

What are the details?

"I think there's enough there that any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted," Clinton said Tuesday at the Time 100 Summit when asked for her reaction to the Mueller report. "But because of the rule in the Justice Department that you can't indict a sitting president, the whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress."

Clinton went on to say she interpreted the report to be a call to action for Congress to investigate the president and his 2016 campaign, but cautioned against immediately calling for impeachment.

"I have a weird, personal history with impeachment," the former first lady said, which was met with laughter from the audience.

"And not what you're thinking," she continued, referring to the impeachment of her husband 20 years ago.

"I was a very, very young staff attorney on the Nixon impeachment inquiry back in 1974," she explained. "And it took several years of slow acquisition and publication of information to show the extent of corruption in that White House."

Clinton warned against Democrats immediately calling for Trump's impeachment, saying it shouldn't be a partisan matter, and added, "We want to show the American people that we take constitutional duties seriously. You don't put impeachment on the table as the only option and say we're going to get there no matter [what], which is what happened in 1999," Newsweek reported.

Anything else?

Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Trump, reacted to Clinton's comments Wednesday morning on "Fox & Friends," saying, "There's a woman who really obstructed justice," referring to the former secretary of state's email scandal.

"The president didn't delete 33,000 emails, he didn't have somebody smash up telephones, and he didn't have someone wipe out a server and bleach-bit it, among the few things that she did," Giuliani continued, adding that President Trump was innocent of the underlying crime investigated by Mueller, and did not obstruct justice by defending himself.

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