Biden on Graham's push for investigation: 'I don't know what happened' to him

Biden on Graham's push for investigation: 'I don't know what happened' to him
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t "know what happened” to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-S.C.), adding that they are friends and Graham pushing for an investigation into his son Hunter Biden has been a "disappointment."

Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate, made the comments on ABC's "The View" about a week after the Senate voted to acquit President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE of the two impeachment articles approved in the House. The House impeachment was centered around Trump's push for Ukraine to announce a probe of the Bidens over unfounded allegations of corruption. 

Graham, a top Trump ally, has supported efforts to investigate matters related to the Bidens and Ukraine. He first disclosed on Sunday that the Justice Department had created a process in which it could review information on Ukraine from Trump's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting CIA found Putin 'probably directing' campaign against Biden: report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE

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Asked about Graham's position, Biden said that he, Graham and the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain endorses Biden: He's only candidate 'who stands up for our values' Biden says Cindy McCain will endorse him Biden's six best bets in 2016 Trump states MORE (R-Ariz.) used to travel a lot together while they were all in the Senate. 

"I don't know what happened," he said, "because the way he dealt with the attacks on John after he passed away ... I don't know what happened." 

Asked if Graham's actions were part of a reelection strategy, Biden said, "I think that's it but it even surprises me."

"Look, some things you have to do aren't worth the job," he said. "I have to admit it's a disappointment, but it is what it is and there's nothing there. This is all to try make it sound like Trump had some rationale for doing what he did. He violated the Constitution. Every single person who testified acknowledged he did that and now they say it doesn't matter that you violate the Constitution. He just weaponized the presidency."

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House Democrats argued that Trump's dealings with Ukraine amounted to a clear abuse of power and that he was unfit for office. But Trump and his GOP allies have repeatedly contended that the president was concerned with rooting out corruption when he brought up the Bidens in a call with the Ukrainian president. 

To defend the stance, they've seized on Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian gas company while Biden served as vice president. Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma as Biden pushed for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor. There is no evidence that either Biden committed any wrongdoing. 

Graham said Sunday that he continued to think “questions about the conflict of interest regarding Hunter Biden in Ukraine need to be asked."

Joe Biden has repeatedly denounced Trump's push for an investigation of him as an effort to "destroy" him and his family. He said on "The View" that he's found it particularly "hurtful" seeing Graham support the efforts. 

But he said that the South Carolina senator remained a friend, saying that "presidents can't hold grudges." 

Biden's appearance on "The View" came after poor showings in the first two states of the Democratic primary season. Biden, who had led many national polls heading into the year, placed in fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire.