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Booker 'offended' Republicans 'trying to shift attention' to Biden in 'Trump's scandal'

Booker 'offended' Republicans 'trying to shift attention' to Biden in 'Trump's scandal'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said on Sunday that's he’s “offended” that Republicans are shifting attention to fellow Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE faces an impeachment inquiry.

“Joe Biden is a statesman. He is truly an honorable man,” Booker said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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“I will be standing firmly in defense of Joe Biden throughout this process because this can in no way besmirch his character, his honor and his incredible service to this country over decades,” Booker added.

A transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump asking the foreign leader to investigate Biden and his son. No evidence has emerged to show wrongdoing by Joe Biden in his actions with Ukraine while his son Hunter Biden sat on a Ukrainian company's board.

A whistleblower complaint also accuses the  Trump administration of placing transcripts of the call on a highly classified server.

“I am offended by the Republicans trying to shift the attention in this, in what is Trump’s scandal. This is a Trump scandal and potential violation of office,” Booker said on Sunday. "It should in no way effect the vice president in pursuit of the nomination.”

The 2020 Democrats are united in backing an impeachment inquiry.

Almost all House Democrats have also backed the inquiry.

--This report was updated at 10:40 a.m.