Veteran political journalist: 2020 Democrats walk 'tight rope' on Biden allegations

Veteran political reporter Paul Steinhauser said Monday that 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are treading carefully when it comes to the unsubstantiated allegations involving former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE and his son Hunter.

“All of these candidates — let’s be honest, they’re kind of walking a tight rope here,” Steinhauser, New Hampshire-based political reporter, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.”

“They want to stand in simpatico with him against the president,” Steinhauser added, referring to Biden. “But at the same time they want to make clear that if they’re president, their vice president’s children will not be on the boards of any foreign companies.”

The House last week announced a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistleblower’s complaint alleged that the president called on Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

White House hopefuls like South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying world Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman House committee requests hearing with postmaster general amid mail-in voting concerns MORE (D-Minn.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE were among the presidential candidates who have come out in support of the impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted Sunday that he looks forward “seeing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE impeached as soon as possible.”

Presidential contenders like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.), as well as some of the aforementioned candidates, had previously come out in support of impeachment.

“Donald Trump has abused his power, obstructed justice, and violated his oath of office. He puts his political interests over our national interest,” Harris said just hours before Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE (D-Calif.) announced the impeachment inquiry. “He must be impeached.”

Republicans, meanwhile, have largely defended the president, pointing to accusations that Biden unduly influenced Ukraine while his son sat on a Ukrainian company's board. The allegations have been unsubstantiated.

“He's getting paid $50,000. And then when the company that's paying him that money is under investigation, guess what? Daddy comes running to the rescue, the vice president of United States come running,” Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing Overnight Health Care: Five takeaways from Fauci's testimony | CDC: Children might play 'important role' in spreading COVID-19 | GOP leader wants rapid testing at Capitol MORE (R-Ohio) said Sunday during an interview on CNN with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJuan Williams: Keep the spotlight on Trump's COVID failure Chicago mayor: We can't let federal officials 'play police' in our city Coronavirus testing czar: Nobody on task force 'afraid to bring up anything' to Trump MORE, who said Jordan was wrong in his account.

"That's not what happened," Tapper said.

—Tess Bonn