WASHINGTON: For the first time, former vice-president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, saying the White House occupant is a “threat to American democracy” and has “violated” his oath of office. His party has launched an impeachment inquiry over claims that Trump pressured Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to look into what the US leader said were corrupt business deals involving Biden.
Democrats say that Trump tried to coerce Zelensky by holding back US military aid to Ukraine. Trump has denied wrongdoing and has dismissed the probe as a “witch hunt”.
Speaking at an election rally in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Biden 76, said, “No President in American history ever dared engage in such unimaginable behaviour. With his words and with his actions, President Trump has indicted himself. By obstructing justice and refusing to comply with the congressional inquiry, he has already convicted himself.”
“In full view of the American people, Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation, and committed impeachable acts. To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, and our basic integrity, he should be impeached,” said Biden as for the first time he publicly supported Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives to impeach Trump.
“And that is not only because of what he has done. The answer to whether he has committed acts sufficient to warrant impeachment is obvious,” he said.
“We see it in Trump's own words. We see it in the texts from the State Department officials that have been made public. We see it in his pulling much of the United States government into his corrupt scheme,” Biden said.