Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is locked in a tight re-election race, on Wednesday told Republicans already threatening to impeach Hillary Clinton before she is even elected to “calm down” because it will never happen.
“Okay, I’m gonna say, be the adult in the room and say ‘calm down, back off, it’s not gonna happen.’ The fact is we have impeached and removed from office nine federal judges in our history, no members of the executive branch, not a president, not a vice president, not a cabinet officer, so floating that word is usually a fairly reckless thing,” Issa told 760 KFMB San Diego radio’s “Brett Winterble Show” when asked to respond to those floating impeachment, according to a clip highlighted by CNN.
Issa said that while there are “impeachable offenses” Congress has “many, many tools and we need to use all of the available tools to deal with wrongdoing in government, and maybe we need some additional tools.”
“The idea that there’s some sort of a quick fix and you throw somebody out of office, it happens in third-world countries. It mostly doesn’t happen in the US. You know, that’s not to say that it can’t be a tool that’s available,” he said. “But I would ask everyone to calm down and go back to the basics, which is, we have an opportunity at the ballot box to determine whether Hillary Clinton has disqualified herself with her actions. Do that first.”
“I always push back and tell people that’s something you want to reserve for long after the American people are demanding it before you even begin to look at it,” he added. “And I’ve been there. I’ve voted to impeach federal judges so I’ve been there in that process. It’s long and you need to have the right thing to do it with.”
While he served as chair of the House Oversight Committee, Issa led several investigation into the Obama administration, once calling the Obama White House “one of the most corrupt administrations.” And back in January he predicted that the FBI “would like to indict” Clinton over her use of a private email server.
But now that he is fighting harder than ever to keep his seat in Congress, Issa has been kinder to Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
When asked recently about his decision to serve as an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, Issa said he would have gladly advised the Clinton campaign had she asked.
Issa also sent out a campaign mailer boasting a piece of legislation he co-sponsored that was later signed by Obama. When the President mocked Issa’s “chutzpah,” Issa hit back and blasted Obama’s “serious scandals.”