Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has openly pleaded the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. Trump "self-indicted" obstructing justice and breaking his oath of office, Biden said in an election campaign in New Hampshire.
"He should be fired," Biden said. What Trump did was wrong, non-American and threatening to American democracy, the former vice president said.
Trump is destroying the constitution, Biden said. "We can't let him get away with it." The president has no decency and spreads nothing but lies about him and his son Hunter, the Democrat said. There is nothing wrong with these attacks.
Trump is accused in Ukraine of abusing the power of his office. The president of the United States had encouraged Ukrainian president Volodymyr Selenskyj in a telephone conversation to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Biden is currently nominating the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2020 elections, in which Trump also competes. According to the Democrats, Trump has temporarily used military aid blocked for Ukraine as leverage. They then launched investigations into possible impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Trump, in turn, accuses Hunter Biden of being unfairly enriched by doing business in Ukraine. Joe Biden accuses him of using his role as Vice President under President Barack Obama to protect his son from criminal investigations in Ukraine. Biden has repeatedly rejected the charges.
Trump reacted directly to Biden's attack. Even while talking about his potential challenger, Trump tweeted that it was pathetic to see Biden request his impeachment. "Joe's failed campaign left him no choice," Trump said in the tweet.
On Tuesday, the White House announced in a letter that it was refusing to cooperate with the United States House of Representatives in Ukraine. The government could not participate in "political theater", the letter states.