Cornyn Says Talk About Impeaching Hillary Clinton Is 'Premature'

Rod Aydelotte

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said on Tuesday that it's too soon for Republicans to begin beating the impeachment drums.

"Well, I think that's premature myself, to be talking about that, because of course she hasn't been elected or sworn into office," Cornyn said of some Republicans' recent impeachment talk, during an interview on 660 AM The Answer's "The Wells Report" first highlighted by CNN. "And unless there is some additional evidence that the FBI director and the DOJ would take to a grand jury, then she is not likely to be convicted of a crime."

Cornyn then criticized Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he noted is a "political appointee," for not appointing a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Clinton's private email server use.

"To me, the only way to get to bottom of all this would be to have the attorney general appoint a special counsel, convene a grand jury, present the grand jury with the evidence and let the chips fall where they may because clearly none of us really have the whole story," he said.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) also threw cold water on Republicans' impeachment grumblings on Wednesday, telling his GOP colleagues to "calm down" because "it's not gonna happen."

While Cornyn said it was premature to talk about impeaching Clinton, he did say on Wednesday that if Clinton wins the presidency, Congress will continue with its investigations.

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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