America has to fix the attack by Russia on the 2016 election, but it is a "false choice" to conclude impeachment is the only solution, according to Hillary Clinton.
In a commentary posted by The Washington Post, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said "this is bigger than politics."
"A crime was committed against all Americans, and all Americans should demand action and accountability," she wrote.
"Our founders envisioned the danger we face today and designed a system to meet it. Now it's up to us to prove the wisdom of our Constitution, the resilience of our democracy and the strength of our nation."
According to Clinton, Congress has to "get it right."
Mueller's report "is a road map," she wrote, but asserted the debate about how to respond and "how to hold President [Donald] Trump accountable for obstructing the investigation and possibly breaking the law . . . has been reduced to a false choice: immediate impeachment or nothing."
"What our country needs now is clear-eyed patriotism, not reflexive partisanship," she wrote.
"It's up to members of both parties to see where that road map leads — to the eventual filing of articles of impeachment, or not," she wrote. "Either way, the nation's interests will be best served by putting party and political considerations aside and being deliberate, fair, and fearless."
Secondly, she said Congress has to hold "substantive hearings that build on the Mueller report and fill in its gaps" before heading right for impeachment — and asserted "Watergate offers a better precedent" with its televised hearings.
"Similar hearings with Mueller, former White House counsel Donald McGahn and other key witnesses could do the same today."
Also, she said, the nation needs a commission like the one formed after 9/11 to be established by Congress "to recommend steps that would help guard against future attacks."
Clinton also warned Democrats they will have to "stay focused on the sensible agenda that voters demanded in the midterms, from protecting healthcare to investing in infrastructure."
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