GOP senator warns Republicans could impeach Biden if he wins White House

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment MORE (R-Iowa) told Bloomberg on Sunday that the House’s impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE had opened the door to impeaching former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE should he be elected president in 2020.

“I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened,” Ernst said in the interview. “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”

Ernst said the former vice president could be impeached “for being assigned to take on Ukrainian corruption yet turning a blind eye to Burisma because his son was on the board making over a million dollars a year.”

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Joe Biden spearheaded the push to remove Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was eventually fired in 2016 with bipartisan support.

Shokin has since claimed he was fired for investigating Burisma, the natural gas company on whose board Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden sat, but the investigation involved dealings prior to Hunter Biden joining the board in 2014, and at the time of Shokin's resignation, the investigation into the company was dormant, according to documents provided to Bloomberg by Shokin's deputy.

Ernst’s comments came shortly after she suggested during the Senate’s impeachment trial that the focus on Biden during the trial could hurt him in the Iowa caucuses, which Biden seized on, saying in numerous speeches that she had “spilled the beans” about Republicans’ intentions.

“You can ruin Donald Trump’s night by caucusing with me and ruin Joni Ernst’s night as well,” he said on the stump last week, according to the publication.