House impeachment co-manager Adam Schiff said Wednesday that the Democrat-led effort to remove President Trump from office is not due to their desire to bolster former Vice President Joe Biden’s election chances.
Schiff, a California Democrat who is head of the House Intelligence Committee, said he felt the need to make the clarification after a previous speaker, Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), used polling data showing Biden leading the incumbent president in the 2020 presidential race last year.
Garcia argued, and Schiff reiterated, that Biden’s supposed lead in the polls provided the impetus for Trump to press Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into the former VP and his son, Hunter Biden.
“My colleague shared a number of slides showing the polling strength of Joe Biden vis-à-vis the president as a demonstration of his motive, the fact that he went after these political investigations to undermine someone that he was deeply concerned about,” Schiff said.
“This is an appropriate point for me to make the disclaimer: the House managers take no position in the Democratic primary for president. I don’t want to lose a single more vote than necessary,” he added.
Video of former Vice President Joe Biden at an event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018 show him boasting about how he threatened to withhold $1 billion in financial aid from Ukraine unless the top prosecutor investigating corruption allegations involving an energy company, Burisma, paying his son $83,000 a month was fired.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko fired the prosecutor.
Republicans critical of the impeachment note that Democrats have accused the president of doing exactly what Biden did. They also note that Democrats and much of the mainstream media are ignoring Biden’s frank admission, and the fact that by appearances it seems like he was trying to cover for his son.
Recent polling data shows President Trump leading all 2020 Democratic contenders.