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 BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t "know what happened” to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBarr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone 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 TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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 GiulianiKerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Giuliani worked for Dominican Republic candidate amid Ukraine efforts: report Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE

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Asked about Graham's position, Biden said that he, Graham and the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' 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.