Former Vice President Joe Biden told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night that he supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally beginning an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. When asked by the late-night host "how does this rank as far as on the outlandish scale for you, the last 48 hours watching this transpire," Biden responded: "18 out of 10."
"Based on the material that they acknowledged today, it seems to me it’s awful hard to avoid the conclusion that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility," Biden said about accusations Trump tried to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden's son's business dealings., saying it was a "blatant abuse of power."
"The idea that someone would call a head of a foreign state, ahead of time withhold significant military aid that’s badly needed in order to prevent the Russian separatists who are in Ukraine, from taking over Ukraine, and then ask basically, 'Can you cooperate with Rudy Giuliani? He’s coming over,'" Biden said. "The thing I learned, the thing we all learned recently, in that statement, that 2,000-word statement released, was talked about getting the Justice Department engaged in this. It’s such a blatant abuse of power that I don’t think it can stand."
"I am confident in the ability of the House and Senate to deal with this," he said. "My job is just to go out and flat beat him. What I can’t let happen, I can’t let this distract me in a way that takes me away from the issues that really are the reason why I’m running."
Kimmel asked: "If a decent man like Jeb Bush had won the Republican nomination, would you feel as motivated to run?"
"I guess the honest answer is no. I hadn't planned on running again," Biden replied.
"When I saw those folks in Charlottesville coming out of the fields carrying torches, contorted faces and veins bulging shouting the same anti-Semitic bile that was shouted in the streets of Nuremberg and Berlin and throughout Germany in the '30s, accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan, and when the president was asked when a young woman was killed, asked to respond he said, 'Well there were very fine people in both groups.' No president has ever, ever said anything like that, with the possible exception of Andrew Jackson before the Civil War. And that's when I decided. I've spent my whole life doing this. How can I remain silent?"