While appearing on the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to promote the paperback release of her book "What Happened," Colbert asked Clinton to give her opinion on whether or not a sitting president can be indicted. Clinton said that a president can "absolutely" be the subject of a criminal investigation and can be a formally accused of crimes committed before he or she got into office.
"How about to get into office?" Colbert asked, referring to allegations of collusion.
"That's before he got in," Clinton said. "If you're not president and you've committed a crime, you should be able to be indicted."
Colbert then asked Clinton a follow-up question: "So if you do something while you're president, you can't be indicted?"
The former Secretary of State explained that that is a "tougher question," because the "the Constitution has a specific remedy, which is impeachment." Clinton then added that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a president can be subpoenaed.
Clinton was also asked about the possible investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault. She pointed out that Republicans are withholding information that "was always made available for other nominees" and they are "trying to rush this," which she considers a "detriment" to the American people. She added that the public "deserves to have answers to all of the charges that may be presented."
"So I'm hoping that at some point there will be an agreement to have an investigation," Clinton said. "It would be very easy for the FBI to go back and finish the background investigation, to investigate these charges. And, you know, maybe find out there's nothing to them, maybe find out there's something to them, but at least have that investigation completed. And I think that's what is a fair request, for due process to be asked for."
"In a democracy, you have to have at least enough trust to be able to work with each other and try to solve difficult problems," she added. "When the Republicans refused to give a distinguished judge, appointed by President Obama, even the courtesy of meetings let alone a hearing, that sent such a terrible message."