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 BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Election 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting MORE (D-Minn.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Saagar Enjeti: Yang's plan to regulate big tech misses the mark MORE were among the presidential candidates who have come out in support of the impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted Sunday that he looks forward “seeing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE impeached as soon as possible.”

Presidential contenders like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne 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 PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' 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 JordanSix memorable moments from Ex-Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch's public testimony Democrats say Trump tweet is 'witness intimidation,' fuels impeachment push Live coverage: Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies in public impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ohio) said Sunday during an interview on CNN with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' MORE, who said Jordan was wrong in his account.

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

—Tess Bonn