Former Vice President Joe Biden said there is absolutely no basis for President Trump’s impeachment.
Biden’s comments may be him already pandering to independent voters ahead of a prospective presidential election bid or maybe he’s just speaking the truth for truth’s sake.
The Washington Examiner reports Biden said that if Democrats are able to win majorities in one or both chambers of Congress that they drop threats of impeachment and said he hopes they do not pursue that path.
In clarifying the remark, the former vice president said he sees no basis for impeachment. Besides Biden’s own experience working in the West Wing, his comments are notable because after first entering the U.S. Senate in 1973, Biden witnessed the impeachment process of former President Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
Biden saw what impeachment justification looks like, he knows what it takes and is still dismissing Democrat attempts to impeach Trump.
From Washington Examiner:
Former Vice President Joe Biden has publicly joined the camp of Democrats who don’t believe they should impeach President Trump if they flip the House after the 2018 midterm elections.
“I hope they don’t. I don’t think there’s a basis for doing that right now,” Biden told “CBS This Morning” in an interview set to air in full Thursday.
Biden encouraged his party instead to focus on policy initiatives and to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to pursue the Trump administration.
“I think we should focus on all the terrible things that are happening now in terms of interest of the middle class people and working class people,” he said, per the report. “There are so many things to attend to immediately. Let’s see where the investigation takes us.”
Biden has not officially announced whether he would be running for the presidency, but would all but have the nomination, should he choose to run. His age and the political ugliness of campaigns could influence his decision to shy away from a run, though his supporters are optimistic. The former vice president said he would be making a decision after the congressional elections in a few weeks.
Biden was touted last Sunday as the front-runner among possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates, according to a poll conducted by CNN and SSRS among 464 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in October.
The longtime senator-turned-Obama administration official last week sought to downplay speculation he was considering running “at this point.” He has also said he would revisit the topic after the November’s midterm cycle.
“I don’t think about the polling data. I think about whether or not I should run based on very private decisions relating to my family and the loss of my son and what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Biden said, as CBS News reports. “But I don’t think of it in terms of can I win, can I – will I lose. That’s not part of the calculation.”
“I think people are going to judge it, if I were to run. I think they’re gonna judge me on my vitality. Can I still run up the steps of Air Force Two? Am I still in good shape? Am I – do I have all my faculties? Am I energetic? I think it’s totally legitimate people ask those questions,” he added.
Biden continued, via CNN: “I think age is a totally legitimate thing to raise. I think it’s totally appropriate for people to look at me and say, if I were to run for office again, ‘Well God darn you’re old.’ Well chronologically I am old.”
CNN’s Chris Cillizza seems to believe Biden is making moves in preparation of a run:
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Making proactive attempts to deal with known problems is what candidates who are getting ready to run do.
His latest moves — coupled with the fact that Biden has been a stalwart for Democratic candidates all over the country in the midterms (he was in Charleston over the weekend to raise money for South Carolina gubernatorial candidate James Smith) — all point to the same thing: Biden’s running.
In politics, nothing is official until it’s announced. That holds true with a third Biden presidential bid. But man oh man, it sure does look like he’s not just thinking about it, but planning on doing it.