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Biden: Trump Team's Impeachment Arguments 'Astounding'

By    |   Friday, 31 January 2020 09:24 AM EST

Former Vice President Joe Biden Friday rejected the argument that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is a partisan attack, and said that he finds his defense team's arguments "astounding."

"'Yeah, he did it, but it doesn't matter,'" Biden told ABC News' "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos, poking at the argument being presented during the president's Senate trial. 

"I mean, George Washington is rolling over in his grave," said Biden. "In his farewell address, he said the greatest threat to the republic is being interfered with by foreign countries...(Alan) Dershowitz didn't do the same constitutional law I did."

He also pushed back at the controversy over comments he'd made during the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton when he warned about votes for impeachment going along party lines. 

"It's not a partisan impeachment," Biden said of the Trump case. "He violated the Constitution, period." 

And even with the House Democrats' party-line vote, "it just reflects on those who know, in fact, in their heart and their head that, in fact, it's a violation of the Constitution to do what he did. A party-line vote that doesn't relate to a constitutional violation is a different thing."

"Even if it's a party-line vote, it just ... reflects on those who know, in fact, in their heart and their head that, in fact, it's a violation of the Constitution to do what he did. A party-line vote that doesn't relate to a constitutional violation is a different thing. "

Meanwhile, Biden said he's "feeling good" about the upcoming Iowa caucuses, even with polls showing him running neck-and-neck with Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

"If there is a big snowstorm in certain parts of the country, certain parts of the state, it could have an effect," Biden commented. "The caucus is, you have to be able to come to a gymnasium, stay there for two, three hours, and it takes a lot of commitment. We will see who shows up."

He also elaborated on comments he made on Thursday, when he said Sanders isn't a registered member of the Democratic Party.

"Look, Bernie is a Democrat," said Biden. "He calls himself a Democratic socialist. We have a different view on a lot of things. He's a decent guy. That wasn't the question. The question is, whether or not who is best prepared on day one to try to reunite this party and the country as well as stand on the world stage and reassert our role in the world."

But Biden said he'll support whoever wins the Democratic nomination. 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden Friday rejected the argument that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is a partisan attack, and said that he finds his defense team's arguments "astounding."
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