Trump Lawyer: Hillary Clinton Could Be Impeached Under New Precedent
Former Secretary of State could face impeachment as private citizen
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could face being impeached as a private citizen, according to Donald Trump's lawyer.
As Democrats succeed in impeaching Trump, Clinton would also stand an impeachment trial.
Lawyer Michael van der Veen's comment came as a response to Sen. Marco Rubio during Trump's impeachment trial on Friday.
"This could happen to ... the former secretary of state," Van der Veen said.
"It could happen to a lot of people. That's not the way this is supposed to work."
Rubio asked Van der Veen if Trump's impeachment "would create a new precedent" for other high profile former officials like Clinton.
"Is it not true that under this new precedent, facing calls to 'lock her up,' a future House could impeach a former Secretary of State and potentially disqualify her from any future office?" Rubio asked.
"If you see it their way, yes," Van der Veen said, referring to the House impeachment managers.
But lead impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, dismissed the lawyer's statement claiming it "has no bearing on this case."
"This official was not impeached in office for conduct while in office," Van der Veen said, referring to Clinton.
Van der Veen also stated that the phrase "fight like hell," used By Trump ahead of the violent insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, was used by Democrats frequently.
He produced several clips, which included Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden using similar language.
He also described the impeachment trial against Trump as a "shameful effort."
"History will record this shameful effort as a deliberate attempt by the Democrat Party to smear, sensor, and cancel, not just President Trump – but the 75 million who voted for him," Van der Veen said.
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
And Article I, Section 3 says:
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to Law.