Sep 24, 2019

Biden to back impeachment if Trump doesn't comply with Congress

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Joe Biden will announce later Tuesday that he will back the impeachment of President Trump if the White House refuses to comply with requests for information from Congress.

The state of play, according to Biden's campaign: The former vice president will argue that Trump's latest scandal involving his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lands on top of his other alleged abuses of power while in office, heightening the need for impeachment. He'll focus his case on the fact that the administration should comply with all outstanding requests for information from Congress — not just on Ukraine.

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Biden to Kimmel: It's hard to avoid Trump impeachment conclusion

A screenshot of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday it's hard to avoid the conclusion that an impeachable offense had been committed by President Trump.

Why it matters: These are the former vice president's strongest words yet on House Democrats opening a formal impeachment inquiry into allegations that Trump may have pressured Ukraine's president to investigate him and his son Hunter Biden.

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Pence tells House committees he will not cooperate in impeachment inquiry

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The counsel for Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to the chairmen of the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine on Tuesday informing them that he will not cooperate with a request for documents in their "self-proclaimed" impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: This is in line with the White House's current stance of blanket noncooperation, which has prompted the House chairmen conducting the investigation to warn that defiance could be used as evidence of obstruction in a future article of impeachment. Some have speculated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi could call the White House's bluff and announce a full House vote authorizing the impeachment inquiry, daring the administration to continue to defy subpoenas and document requests.

Trump-Ukraine scandal: The key players, dates and documents

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The House's impeachment inquiry has been driven forward by new disclosures of what exactly President Trump wanted the government of Ukraine to do — revealed in 3 key documents, but nonetheless distorted and disputed along the way.

We've gathered the key players, events and disclosures of the Trump-Ukraine saga in one place to clear up what's happened so far and examine where we go from here.

Go deeperArrowOct 8, 2019