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Biden, for first time, makes direct call for Trump’s impeachment

Biden laid out a case that Trump’s actions were unprecedented for a U.S. president — among them his call for “civil war,” his suggestion that the whistleblower had committed treason, and his obstruction of the House’s impeachment investigation. The crowd of about 100 people, which was subdued when Biden first took the stage, livened up…

Biden laid out a case that Trump’s actions were unprecedented for a U.S. president — among them his call for “civil war,” his suggestion that the whistleblower had committed treason, and his obstruction of the House’s impeachment investigation.

The crowd of about 100 people, which was subdued when Biden first took the stage, livened up at Biden’s mocking of Trump as a well-known liar and his jeers at Rudy Giuliani.

When Biden snidely remarked that Giuliani was a man of great “integrity,” people in the room loudly laughed and cheered. Biden again had the room laughing when he poked at Trump for refusing to release his taxes. Biden then turned more serious.

“Where are his taxes? What’s he hiding? What’s he afraid of? What’s buried in those returns?” he said again to big applause, noting that he had personally released 21 years of his taxes.

Biden also addressed the president’s accusations against himself and his son Hunter. Biden said Trump had asked the president of Ukraine to probe his son’s business dealings in the country because he badly feared going up against Biden in a general election. Biden also defended his son, saying news reports had independently knocked down allegations of wrongdoing.

“There’s no truth in his charges against me or my son — zero,” the former vice president said.

Biden also defended his own role in firing a former Ukraine prosecutor, saying he did it with the backing of the United States and its allies.

“He believes the entire U.S. government can be corrupted to further his personal, political needs,” Biden said.

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