ROCHESTER, N.H. — In his clearest and most direct call to date for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Joe Biden on Wednesday said the president “indicted” then “convicted himself” when he asked foreign nations to investigate his Democratic rival.
Biden in a lengthy speech laid out Trump’s actions in recent weeks, accusing him of trying to extort Ukraine and condemning Trump’s call from the White House lawn that China to investigate Biden.
“He’s shooting holes in the Constitution and we cannot let him get away with it,” Biden said as a crowd of supporters erupted into applause. “This isn’t a game, this is deadly serious.”
Biden laid out a case asserting that Trump is a well-known liar before turning to the president’s accusations against himself and his son Hunter, saying Trump had asked the president of Ukraine to probe his son’s business dealings in the country because he badly feared going up against Biden in a general election. Biden defended his son, saying news reports had independently knocked down allegations of wrongdoing.
“There’s no truth in his charges against me or my son – zero,” the former vice president said.
Biden also defended his own role in firing a former Ukraine prosecutor, saying he did it with the backing of the United States and its allies.
“He believes the entire U.S. government can be corrupted to further his personal, political needs,” Biden said.
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