Sep 26, 2019

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.

The big picture: Biden has said previously he would support Trump's impeachment if the White House refuses to comply with requests for information from Congress and he accused Trump this week on Twitter of committing "an abuse of power." But his comments to late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel go much further.

"It's such a blatant abuse of power that I don't think it can stand. 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."
— 2020 candidate Joe Biden on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

The other side: Trump has suggested that House Democrats were faking their outrage over his request that Ukraine investigate alleged "corruption" by Biden and his son.

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Trump's plan to make Biden into Clinton

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President Trump is reviving his 2016 playbook, trying to sully or smear the Biden family reputation, like he did with the Clintons during his last campaign.

The big picture: When Trump was running against Hillary Clinton, he seized on her email servers and past scandals. He hammered her on the issue, and used it to define her with many voters. Clinton couldn't put it to rest early, and it dragged her down through the end.

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Biden to Trump on Ukraine: "You're not going to destroy me"

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a speech in Reno, Nevada, Wednesday night that President Trump's remarks about him and his son during a phone call to Ukraine's leader were an "abuse of power."

"Let me make something clear to Mr. Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me — I'm not going anywhere. You're not going to destroy me. And you're not going to destroy my family."
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Trump's trifecta

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For the 3rd time in 4 years, President Trump has asked another country to interfere in U.S. elections.

The big picture: In July 2016, Trump said Russia should "find" and release Hillary Clinton's emails. In July 2019, he told Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. And today, even as he finds himself embroiled in an impeachment inquiry over this very issue, Trump said that China, too, should investigate the Bidens.

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