The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Wednesday on Fox News that Hillary Clinton could be impeached if she were elected, essentially delegitimizing Clinton before Election Day.
Reacting to the FBI's announcement last week that it was reviewing a newly discovered batch of emails related to Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) was emphatic that impeachment would proceed if a criminal indictment of Clinton appeared imminent.
"This investigation will continue whether she wins or not, but assuming she wins and the investigation goes forward, and it looks like an indictment is pending, at that point of time in the Constitution, the House of Representatives would engage in an impeachment trial," McCaul said referring to a House investigation into Clinton's e-mails. "It would go to the Senate, and impeachment proceedings and removal would take place."
McCaul then went on to compare Clinton to Richard Nixon who resigned from the White House rather than face impeachment.
"I would hate to see this country be thrown into a constitutional crisis because of Hillary Clinton's behavior," McCaul said.
Fox News host Bill Hemmer tried to give him a chance to back away from the comments.
"You are six days away from a national election and you've used the 'I' word," the host said. "You want to take that back?"
McCaul said that if there was a "smoking gun" showing "intent" then that "would be the grounds for an indictment."