NEW YORK – If Hillary Clinton wins the election Tuesday, a prominent Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee says there will be an immediate move to impeach her before she can even be sworn into office Jan. 20.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told WND he has spent the last week ensuring Congress has secured all of the hundreds of thousands of emails examined by the FBI over the last 10 days and has confidence the House could impeach her before she assumes office.
“Don’t think that Hillary Clinton has been declared innocent on the email scandal just yet,” King warned. “This is not over yet.”
King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, noted the only alternative to a possible impeachment of a president-elect Clinton would be if a groundswell of American voters rises up to elect Donald Trump.
“With President Trump in the White House, we could appoint within the Justice Department and the FBI officials who would do their duty to investigate Secretary Clinton’s email scandal with a resolve to get to the truth, even if President Obama should pardon Clinton before leaving office,” King insisted.
FBI Director James Comey informed members of Congress on Sunday that a review of the 650,000 emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner had reinforced his July 5 decision not to refer charges against Hillary Clinton.
King explained to WND he spent several days last week working to ensure that Congress will secure the Weiner emails, along with emails belonging to top aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.
He noted that Samuelson, a lawyer and 2008 Clinton campaign staffer, worked under Mills to assist longtime Clinton attorney David Kendall to sort through Hillary Clinton’s emails to determine which, if any, were private.
“I am today confident Congress will have access to all 650,000 State Department emails on former Congressman Weiner’s computer,’ King said
King explained his confidence was based on a “preservation letter” that was sent to the Department of Justice last week by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
‘We must demand justice’
King said that if Clinton wins Tuesday, “we cannot expect justice from the Department of Justice under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, with James Comey heading the FBI.”
“This will obligate Congress to begin an investigation into the investigations conducted by the Department of Justice and FBI regarding Secretary Clinton’s private email server,” he said.
If Clinton were to win, King said, an investigation could lead to the House impeaching Clinton even while she is still president-elect.
“That congressional investigation could lead to evidence requiring Congress to take action under the Constitution: Impeachment proceedings against Hillary Clinton before Jan. 20, 2017, even before she takes the oath of office to become president,” he said.
King emphasized his determination to launch a legitimate investigation into Clinton’s private email server and possible violations of national security laws regarding the handling of classified information.
“The people of the United States cannot be forced to accept a Department of Justice cover-up that was designed to hide the truth,” he declared.
“What happened to the evidence on Weiner’s computer that caused Comey to reopen the case?” King asked.
“Comey had two weeks to look over that evidence before he announced he was reopening the investigation. So what did Comey find in the 650,000 Weiner emails so quickly, after only nine days of a reopened investigation, that led the FBI to reverse the conclusion made after two weeks to reopen the investigation?”
King said he has given the issue considerable thought, and with the letter Goodlatte and Chaffetz co-authored to the Department of Justice, he is confident the Weiner evidence has been preserved so Congress can conduct it’s own independent investigation.
“My instincts have been right on this all along,” he said. “And I’m sure my instincts continue to be right today.”
Unfathomable political pressure
King believes Comey’s announcement Sunday was the result of intense political pressure put on him by Clinton’s campaign and by powerful forces within the Democratic Party.
“One cannot fathom the pressure that was brought to bear on Comey by the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to whom this investigation points, as well as by the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, who sat on the tarmac with Loretta Lynch, plus the power of Hillary Clinton herself, a potential future occupant of the White House, on the cusp of being elected president of the United States,” he said.
“Who wouldn’t cave in, with the weight of two-and-a-half presidents upon them, and the full force of their political party, plus the public pressure brought to bear by the mainstream media pulling for Hillary Clinton?” he asked.
“Only a noble person of character could stand up in the face of that pressure,” he concluded, “but they would have to be willing to do so at the risk of sacrificing at least their career, if not putting their life at risk.”