Oct 9, 2019

Joe Biden calls for Trump to be impeached

Former Vice President Joe Biden called for President Trump to be impeached during a speech in New Hampshire on Wednesday, accusing the president of violating his oath of office and betraying his country.

"He believes he can and will get away with anything he does. We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. It’s no joke. He’s shooting holes in the Constitution, and we cannot let him get away with it."

Why it matters: Unlike every other major candidate in the 2020 Democratic field, Biden had previously declined to unconditionally endorse impeachment — despite being at the center of a Ukraine scandal that has prompted House Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry.

  • In explaining his reasoning, Biden noted that Trump has another year in office and is responsible for the largest economy and most powerful military in the world.

Go deeper: Where 2020 Democrats stand on impeaching Trump

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All 2020 Democrats want to impeach Trump

Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Photos: Getty Images

All major 2020 Democratic candidates have joined the call to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Driving the news: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sept. 24 that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

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How Biden haunts Biden

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Sometimes it sounds like Joe Biden is running against Joe Biden.

The big picture: From Ukraine to Syria strategy to his use of the word "lynching" in connection with Bill Clinton's impeachment, Biden's background often complicates the attacks Democrats want to use against President Trump.

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Trump says he'd love Ukraine's Zelensky to visit the White House

Presidents Zelensky and Trump during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told reporters Saturday he "would love" to have Ukraine's leader visit the White House and he thinks "he’d like to come," Reuters reports.

Why it matters: His July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky is at the center of a whistleblower complaint and subsequent impeachment inquiry into whether Trump withheld Ukraine's military aid to encourage an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Trump denies any "quid pro quo" took place.

Go deeper: Trump-Ukraine scandal: All the key players, dates and documents