Joe Biden: ‘I don’t think there’s a basis for’ impeaching Trump ‘right now’
Joe Biden has become one of the top Democratic candidates to run against President Trump in 2020, should Trump seek re-election. While Biden hasn’t yet announced his candidacy, many expect an announcement to come sometime after the midterms next month.
One other caveat that could potentially prevent a Biden/Trump matchup in 2020 would be if President Trump is impeached and convicted in the subsequent Senate hearings, prior to the election taking place. While we are still a long way off from a scenario like that potentially playing out, during an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Biden provided his opinion on a possible impeachment of the man who he may one day be running against.
“I hope they don’t [impeach him],” Biden explained. “I don’t think there’s a basis for doing that right now. There are so many things to attend to immediately. Let’s see where the investigation takes us.”
Biden then went on to explain that it’s his belief that the Mueller investigation should be complete before impeachment becomes front and center. Mueller’s probe has been ongoing for the past 17 months, but he has yet to issue any report or indictment that directly ties President Trump to any specific crimes.
“I’ve been around a long time,” Biden stated. “You wait until the investigation’s finished. You don’t put an arbitrary end to it. You wait until it’s finished, and let’s see what it has to say.”
While the idea of a Trump impeachment has been floated and even attempted by several Congressional Democrats, they are unlikely to gain traction until two things happen: 1) Robert Mueller releases his report, and 2) a new Congress is seated in January of 2019.
Depending on how long Mueller takes to complete his investigation, it’s entirely possible that President Trump could be on the brink of impeachment just as the 2020 elections begin becoming relevant. That means that Biden could find himself running against a President who is in the midst of impeachment hearings, should both men decide to run.