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The fallout continued Friday from the late-night release of text messages by House investigators relevant to the Ukraine controversy, and a key figure was testifying behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.“The Republicans are very unified,” Trump said, as he again insisted he had said nothing inappropriate during the July call in which he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
ROCHESTER, N.H.—Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Trump should be impeached, telling supporters in New Hampshire that the president had “violated his oath of office.”
Mr. Biden, who had previously stopped short of calling for outright impeachment, offered a forceful rationale in urging Congress to impeach his presidential rival. He said Mr. Trump had obstructed justice by refusing to comply with congressional inquiries and committed impeachable acts in full sight of Americans.
Biden Faced His Biggest Challenge, and Struggled to Form a Response
Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign was under attack, and he and his advisers were torn over what to do. For more than a week, President Trump had been hurling unfounded accusations about Mr. Biden, his son Hunter and their dealings in Ukraine. Mr. Biden and his advisers debated whether to mount a fierce counterattack or to stick to a set of policy arguments he had been planning to roll out. For more than a week, President Trump had been hurling unfounded accusations about Mr. Biden, his son Hunter and their dealings in Ukraine. Mr. Biden and his advisers debated whether to mount a fierce counterattack or to stick to a set of policy arguments he had been planning to roll out. Bad news loomed in the background: Mr.
“No president in American history has ever dared to engage in such unimaginable behavior,” Mr. Biden said during an appearance in the state, where the nation’s first presidential primary is to take place. He accused the president of “shooting holes in the Constitution, and we cannot let him get away with it.” Mr. Biden is a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.
Mr. Trump, in a tweet, called Mr. Biden’s comments pathetic and said: “I did nothing wrong.”
While primary rivals such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have repeatedly called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, Mr. Biden had previously said Congress should take the step if the president stonewalled the investigation.
But Mr. Biden’s stance changed after the White House said it wouldn’t cooperate with the House impeachment probe. Mr. Biden also pressed Mr. Trump again to release his tax returns.
“What’s buried in those returns?” Mr. Biden asked.
Mr. Trump has sought to undermine calls by Democrats to impeach him over his effort to have Ukraine investigate Mr. Biden, referring to it as a “witch hunt.”
The House inquiry came after Mr. Trump asked the president of Ukraine in a July phone call to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General William Barr on investigations involving Mr. Biden and his son, Hunter. The phone call and events leading up to it have been the subject of a whistleblower complaint by an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals .
A growing body of evidence makes clear it was Trump himself who repeatedly pushed his own government and a foreign power to intervene in domestic political concerns.Over two weeks of closed-door testimony, a clear portrait has emerged of a president personally orchestrating the effort to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on a potential 2020 political rival — and marshaling the full resources of the federal bureaucracy to help in that endeavor.
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