By Breitbart. Joe Biden argued that additional witnesses were not necessary during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton.
Politico reported on Thursday that Biden, at the time a long-serving U.S. Senator from Delaware, penned a memo to his congressional colleagues ahead of Clinton’s impeachment trial in January 1999. In the memo, Biden argued that the Senate was not constitutionally required to hold an actual trial to examine Clinton’s alleged misdeeds.
“The Senate may dismiss articles of impeachment without holding a full trial or taking new evidence,” Biden wrote. “Put another way, the Constitution does not impose on the Senate the duty to hold a trial.”
Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, cited both historical and institutional precedent within the four-page memo. He also disputed the need for the Senate to call additional witnesses, claiming the “benefit … is not great enough to outweigh the public costs,” including the damage to national prestige and public institutions.
“In a number of previous impeachment trials, the Senate has reached the judgment that its constitutional role as a sole trier of impeachments does not require it to take new evidence or hear live witness testimony,” Biden wrote. (Read more from “Flashback: Biden Argued Additional Witnesses Were Unnecessary During Clinton Impeachment Trial” HERE)
High-Profile Sanders Supporter Revives Biden’s Plagiarism Scandal Days Before Iowa Caucuses
By Fox News. A surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign revived the plagiarism scandal that derailed former Vice President Joe Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1988 just days before the Iowa caucuses.
Liberal activist Shaun King shared a video showing media coverage of the plagiarism charges that were leveled against the then senator as he was vying for the Democratic nomination.
Biden was accused of lifting rhetoric from then-British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock in three separate instances at a Democratic debate at the Iowa State Fair. He later conceded that he should have said that he was “paraphrasing” Kinnock at the time he said those remarks. He was later accused of using statements from the late Robert F. Kennedy as his own in another speech. It was reported at the time that he either “quoted or paraphrased” John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey “without credit.”
The 1988 hopeful also admitted to plagiarism for a paper in law school. (Read more from “High-Profile Sanders Supporter Revives Biden’s Plagiarism Scandal Days Before Iowa Caucuses” HERE)