Facebook denied a request from Joe Biden's campaign to take down a video ad by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign that falsely accuses the former vice president of corruption for his role in Ukraine policy during the Obama administration.
But in a campaign speech in Rochester, N.H., Biden was unequivocal, saying that "to preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, [Trump] should be impeached".
The comments from the Democratic presidential candidate came a day after the White House said in an eight-page letter that it would not cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry into the Ukraine scandal on the grounds that it lacked merit.
President Trump has repeatedly exploited Hunter Biden's dealings with a Ukrainian company in an effort to gain a foothold over his father should he become the Democratic nominee for 2020. But in an afternoon tweet, Trump significantly understated the public support for his impeachment found in recent polling. Period. And perhaps, most importantly, he believes there is nothing we can do about it.
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The Trump adverts states that "Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son's company".
Trump has defended the propriety of those actions and also called for the government of China to investigate the Biden family, too.
A whistleblower raised concerns about the phone call, and the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, announced a formal impeachment investigation last month.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration blocked a potentially major witness, ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, from testifying before Congress. Democrats then slapped Sondland with a subpoena to appear on October 16.
"So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment - and I did nothing wrong", the president tweeted. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden. Defending the move on Twitter, Trump called the Democrat-led panels a "totally compromised kangaroo court". Stop stonewalling the Congress. Honor your oath.