Biden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE addressed the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE on Sunday, quipping to an audience that he was "the only reason" that it was happening.

"I may be the last guy that publicly called for impeachment, but I'm the only reason there is impeachment going on," he said at the United Food and Commercial Workers union presidential forum Sunday. He was referring to the fact that the impeachment inquiry was launched after a whistleblower report sounded alarm over President Trump's urging for Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter. 

Biden told the forum's crowd that the American public should care about impeachment because "democracy is literally at stake." 

 

He added that "whether or not the Senate will impeach, there's no option" for the House other than considering impeachment, saying it was not because the whistleblower report mentioned him.

"Their job is to determine whether to impeach," he said. "My job is to flat out beat him."

Biden told the crowd that he thinks the American public will pay more attention if the House votes to impeach Trump and potentially change its representatives' opinions.

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"What's going to change Republicans' minds in the United States Congress is when their constituents start changing their minds," Biden said. "And you're seeing it start to happen."

Polls released last week showed that slightly more than the majority of Americans support impeachment and removing Trump from office, following his interactions with Ukraine.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry a whistleblower report said Trump asked the Ukrainian president to "look into" Biden and his son, Hunter. 

Trump requested information on the Biden family after the former vice president pushed to have a Ukrainian prosecutor removed, who was looking into the Ukrainian company, of which his son at on the board. 

Biden directly called for Trump's impeachment for the first time last week.