Joe Biden says he will not prosecute Donald Trump if he becomes POTUS as it's not his job

The former vice president also said whoever defeats Trump to become the next US president has to secure a majority for Democrats in the Senate which is currently under control of the GOP.

                            Joe Biden says he will not prosecute Donald Trump if he becomes POTUS as it's not his job
Joe Biden (Source : Getty Images)

Former vice president Joe Biden said at the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta on Wednesday, November 20, that the ongoing impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump showed that neither the president nor his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin wants to see him as the Democratic nominee for next year’s election. 

The 76-year-old said that was something he could make out from the hearings that took a key twist on the same day after US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland dropped a bombshell during his testimony conceding that there was a case of “quid pro quo” in the Ukraine episode. 

“Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee,” Biden said, speaking about the House inquiry into the Trump administration’s alleged decision of withholding aid to Ukraine unless it started an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter who worked in a Ukraine gas company earlier. The Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry against Trump after a whistleblower report accused him of pressuring a foreign government to score a political point at home.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions about the 2016 U.S Election collusion during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland (Source: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be president,” Biden added.

The former long-serving senator of Delaware also said whoever beats Trump to become the president next has to secure a Democratic majority in the Senate besides increasing the number of House Democrats. 

Biden says he will not prosecute Trump 

The former vice president, one of three favorites to bag the Democratic nomination, also said that he would not prosecute Trump after the latter left office for it is not his job to prosecute or exonerate somebody. He said it is the job of the attorney general and if an impartial conclusion wanted a prosecution to take place, he would be okay with that as the president. 

He also said that the attorney general is not the president’s attorney. 

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