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GOP Senator Warns of 'President Biden' Impeachment

Sen. Joni Ernst suggests it could happen on Day 1 of a Biden presidency
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2020 8:15 AM CST
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a campaign event Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – "I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened," said Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst—and it wasn't just a statement, but a warning. In Sunday comments to Bloomberg News, the Republican suggested that should Joe Biden end up winning the presidency, a GOP effort to impeach him in connection with the Ukraine could begin on his first day in the White House. Specifically, "for being assigned [by then-President Obama] 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," she said.

In comments to the Des Moines Register, Biden said that Ernst's comments—that one and ones she made earlier in the week about Biden and Trump's impeachment—back his case that the crux of Trump's interaction with the Ukraine was centered on the possibility of a Trump vs. Biden race. Ernst "just reinforces everything that was the reason why the president was being impeached: They very much don't want to face me obviously," said Biden. "I've never seen a sitting president and his allies this frightened about who may be the nominee." (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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