Published: Thu, October 10, 2019

Joe Biden calls for President Trump to be impeached

Joe Biden calls for President Trump to be impeached

"To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached", Biden said in remarks reported on CNN.

Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees unless Ukraine got rid of its top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was accused by a number of European nations and the International Monetary Fund of being weak on investigating corruption.

Warren raised $24.6 million in third-quarter contributions to her White House campaign, her office said last week, easily beating Biden and rivalling fellow progressive Bernie Sanders. The phone call is at the center of an impeachment push from Democrats.

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son during a July 25 telephone call, which came days after Trump froze almost $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

Since the disclosure of Trump's Ukrainian telephone call, the president has publicly suggested China should investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings there, comments that Biden noted came with Trump "standing in front of reporters and cameras like I am at this moment".

Trump quickly shot back in a tweet that it was "so pathetic" to see Biden calling for his impeachment.

Trump also expressed support for a House Republican effort to censure Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. The administration, however, has made clear it will not co-operate with Democrats on Capitol Hill and has been resisting requests for documents and testimony from administration officials - all while keeping up the verbal assault on Biden.

"Donald Trump has demonstrated he will continue to subvert our democratic institutions for his own personal gain, but his shortcomings are no excuse for companies like Facebook to refuse to do the right thing". Elizabeth Warren -who earlier called for Trump's impeachment. A letter from Biden's campaign to Facebook, obtained by AFP, said this statement had been "demonstrated to be completely false".

"He is commander in chief of the most powerful military in the history of the world", Biden said.

The Trump and Biden campaigns didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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