Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment a 'partisan lynching'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE (D) apologized on Tuesday for past comments referring to the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton as a "partisan lynching."

Biden made the apology on Twitter after CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported that the vice president had made the remark in 1998 during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The term's historical and racial significance was hotly debated Tuesday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE used it to refer to his own impeachment inquiry in a tweet.

"This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that," Biden tweeted Tuesday evening. "Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily."

Trump was heavily criticized by Democrats including Biden earlier in the day after he warned Republicans to "remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching," referring to Democrats' investigation into his efforts to persuade Ukraine's president to open a criminal probe into Biden.

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Numerous Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushLawmaker calls for hearing into MLB cheating scandal Hillicon Valley: Facebook to still allow misinformation in ads under new rules | New child privacy bill in House | Election vendors support more federal oversight House lawmakers introduce bill to protect children's privacy online MORE (D-Ill.), a civil rights activist and Black Panthers chapter founder, sharply criticized Trump over the tweet.

"You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?" Rush tweeted in response. "Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet.”