Former Vice President Joe Biden directly called for President Donald Trump's impeachment for the first time on Wednesday.
"Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation, and committed impeachable acts," Biden said. "To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached. That's not only because of what he's done. To answer if he has committed acts sufficient to be impeached is obvious. We see it in Trump's own words. We see it in the texts from State Department officials that have been made public. We see it in his pulling much of what has been the United States government into his corrupt schemes -- individuals within the government, his appointees."
"We have to remember, impeachment isn't only about what the president has done, it is about the threat the president poses to the nation if allowed to remain in office... He has seen no limits to his power, regardless of what the Constitution says. He believes the entire United States government can be corrupted into furthering his personal political needs, and he is even willing to hold Congress and Congressionally appropriated aid to a foreign nation hostage to his personal political demands."
"He's shooting holes in the Constitution," Biden also said. "And we cannot let him get away with it."
"Trump will do anything to get re-elected, including violating the most basic forms of democracy. It's stunning, and it's dangerous," Biden said. He added, "No president in history has dared to engage in such unimaginable behavior."
Watch Biden's full statement: