Clinton praised the House managers for their “compelling, excellent” presentation of the evidence to the Senate trial, which began this week.

She said the managers weaved the evidence into a narrative that set the president’s alleged behavior into the context of why the Founders had included impeachment in the constitution.

“I’m obviously realistic enough to understand that the House Republicans and the Senate Republicans don’t want to hear this,” Clinton said, “don’t want to think hard about it, don’t want to make a decision, and are going to probably default to basically deriding the case—they started that today—and then trying to move as quickly as possible without any more evidence being presented or witnesses called. I hope this will haunt them not only politically, but historically.”