For the first time since the current mess in Washington started, former Vice President and Democratic frontrunner, Joe Biden, has publically called for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
“To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached,” Biden said, while speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
The former Vice President had previously called for the President to be impeached if he should refuse to comply with the impeachment inquiry currently underway by Democrats in the House of Representatives. Biden’s announcement comes just one day after the White House vowed not to participate in the House Democratic impeachment inquiry.
On October 15, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairs of the three committees leading the impeachment probe, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, declared that the Trump administration will not cooperate with what it considers an illegitimate process.
“Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the executive branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” Cipollone wrote.
“We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. It’s no joke,” Biden said of Trump on Wednesday. “He’s shooting holes in the Constitution, and we cannot let him get away with it.”
The president, taking to Twitter while Biden was speaking in New Hampshire, pushed back, tweeting, “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!”
Biden is at the center of the impeachment brouhaha, which was started by the now infamous phone call in which Trump urged President Zelensky of Ukraine, to investigate Biden and his son Hunter over their dealings in the eastern European country that’s been locked in a fierce battle with Russia.
Minutes after the former Vice President’s speech, the Biden campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters in which the candidate re-emphasized that “Trump should be impeached.”