Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE addressed the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Sunday, quipping to an audience that he was “the only reason” that it was happening.
“I may be the last guy that publicly called for impeachment, but I’m the only reason there is impeachment going on,” he said at the United Food and Commercial Workers union presidential forum Sunday. He was referring to the fact that the impeachment inquiry was launched after a whistleblower report sounded alarm over President Trump’s urging for Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter.
Biden told the forum’s crowd that the American public should care about impeachment because “democracy is literally at stake.”
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He added that “whether or not the Senate will impeach, there’s no option” for the House other than considering impeachment, saying it was not because the whistleblower report mentioned him.
“Their job is to determine whether to impeach,” he said. “My job is to flat out beat him.”
Biden told the crowd that he thinks the American public will pay more attention if the House votes to impeach Trump and potentially change its representatives’ opinions.
“What’s going to change Republicans’ minds in the United States Congress is when their constituents start changing their minds,” Biden said. “And you’re seeing it start to happen.”
Polls released last week showed that slightly more than the majority of Americans support impeachment and removing Trump from office, following his interactions with Ukraine.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry a whistleblower report said Trump asked the Ukrainian president to “look into” Biden and his son, Hunter.
Trump requested information on the Biden family after the former vice president pushed to have a Ukrainian prosecutor removed, who was looking into the Ukrainian company, of which his son at on the board.
Biden directly called for Trump’s impeachment for the first time last week.