Joe Biden said during an event in New Hampshire on Wednesday that President Trump should be impeached.
“To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity — he should be impeached,” Biden said of Trump. “That’s not only because of what he’s done. Whether he’s committed acts sufficient enough to warrant impeachment is obvious. We see it in his own words. We see it in the texts from State Department officials that have been made public. We see it in his pulling much of the United States government into his corrupt schemes … But we have to remember that impeachment isn’t only about what the president’s done. It’s about the threat the president poses to the nation if allowed to remain in office.”
BIDEN: "To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity — [Trump] should be impeached … we have to remember that impeachment isn't only about what the president's done. It's about the threat the president poses to the nation if allowed to remain in office." pic.twitter.com/Qdf1t8DFjl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2019
Biden had previously tip-toed around calling for Trump’s impeachment, even as evidence mounted that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden in exchange for military aid. “Based on the material that they acknowledged today, it seems to me, it’s awful hard to avoid the conclusion that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility,” he told Jimmy Kimmel late last month. “I am confident in the ability of the House and Senate to deal with this. My job is just to go out and flat beat him.”
Biden’s explicit call for Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday comes less than a day after the White House sent an eight-page letter to congressional leaders railing against the impeachment inquiry and making it clear that the Trump administration does not plan to cooperate.
Trump responded shortly after Biden made the announcement, calling the former vice president “pathetic” on Twitter.
So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment – and I did nothing wrong. Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
“Thanks for watching,” Biden responded. “Stop stonewalling the Congress. Honor your oath. Respect the Constitution. And speaking of taxpayers, I’ve released 21 years of my tax returns. You?”
This post has been updated.