Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for 1st time

Joe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for the first time

Joe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for the first time

"To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached".

Former US Vice President Joe Biden has for the first time called for President Donald Trump to be impeached.

Biden referenced Trump's past claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in NY and get away with it.

"With his words and his actions, President Trump has indicted himself".

Having threatened a constitutional crisis by refusing to cooperate with the congressional investigation, Trump predicted that the row would end up "being a big Supreme Court case".

Numerous other 19 Democratic 2020 candidates have long supported the opening of an impeachment inquiry into Trump, following the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 election and links between the Trump 2016 campaign and Moscow.

"No one is above the law, not even President Trump", the Democratic majority leader in the House, Steny Hoyer, said Wednesday.

On Twitter, which Trump is using to bombard the public with conspiracy theories about a "deep state" aiming to eject him, the president argued that the whistleblower behind the impeachment case had been shown to be partisan and inaccurate.

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Biden, the Democratic front-runner to face Trump in next year's presidential election, took the gloves off.

He and the Republican Party have pushed hard to raise funds off the back of their accusation of unfair treatment from the Democratic lower house in Congress.

Yovanovitch, whom President Donald Trump called "bad news" in his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, spent three years as US ambassador to Ukraine before being recalled in May.

Biden said: "It's no joke". Trump says there was no quid pro quo and that his only desire is to combat corruption. The State Department on Tuesday called off testimony by Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, after he had flown in from Brussels to do so.

"The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents" was "additional strong evidence of obstruction", House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said.

Later the same day, the White House announced in a lengthy legal statement that it rejected any cooperation with the Democrats at all.

Congressional sources also acknowledged some concern that a former USA ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump removed from that post last May before her term was up, could be blocked from testifying.

U.S. media has reported that Trump removed her from her post because she opposed his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Biden.

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