A week ago, only a few people were talking about impeaching Hillary Clinton. A few hard-core conservative talk radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, along with the folks at Judicial Watch, Breitbart, and National Review were bringing up the question, but they were in a small minority. However, with the announcement last Friday that the FBI is reopening its investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, an increasing number of people are wondering if Hillary Clinton could face impeachment if she wins the presidency.
Calls for special prosecutor
The hacked emails from WikiLeaks, along with those released by the State Department have already led dozens of House Republicans to call for a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation for possible conflicts of interest. Speaker Paul Ryan has promised “aggressive oversight work in the House,” and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee has pledged at least “four new hearings” on allegations of a “quid pro quo” deal between the FBI and State Department over reclassifying emails found on Clinton’s private server.
You're going to still have a clamor for a serious criminal investigation of Mrs. Clinton's conduct with respect to her emails and the [Clinton] Foundation…. impeachment is something that's relevant. — Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch
Endless Congressional investigations
Many Americans have grown tired of the seemingly endless rounds of Congressional investigations and see them as nothing more than political grandstanding.
This is exactly what Americans hate about Washington. Before the election has even taken place, Jason Chaffetz is already planning to further abuse his office and waste more taxpayer dollars on political witch-hunts against the potential President-elect. — Brian Fallon, Clinton campaign spokesperson
Only two Presidents have been impeached
The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach a President and the Senate the sole power to try the impeachment. Only two Presidents have ever been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, and both were acquitted by the Senate.
There is disagreement whether a President can be impeached for “crimes” committed before taking office. Some cite the 1873 case of Vice President Schuyler Colfax who, prior to taking office was alleged to have engaged in illegal business activities. The House Judiciary Committee decided that Mr. Colfax could not be impeached since the alleged crime had occurred prior to assuming the vice presidency.
Others claim that the failed effort to impeach Vice President Colfax has no legal or formal standing in deciding if a president can be impeached for offenses that occurred before they assumed office. Former President Gerald Ford was the House minority leader in 1970 when there was an attempt to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. Ford said, “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
The FBI has said that the results of their new investigation will not be available before Election Day and thus there is no way to determine if the inquiry will reveal any “crimes” on the part of Hillary Clinton before America votes.