Joe Biden and his campaign apparently do not want to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial.
Biden said he would not comply with a subpoena to testify and now his campaign is offering additional “clarification.”
Biden may want to avoid embarrassing questions about what he knew about his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
Politico reports Joe Biden’s campaign sought to “clarify” his statement that he would refuse a Senate subpoena in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by saying Saturday that the former vice president has a history of complying with any “lawful order.”
But Biden stopped short of saying clearly that he would honor such a Senate order if it came, and said he will not “pretend there is any legal basis” for a subpoena — thereby laying the foundation to potentially argue that a Senate subpoena in Trump’s trial wouldn’t be one of those lawful orders.
Asked to clarify the statement further, Biden’s campaign referred back to his Saturday statements on Twitter and his remarks Friday to the Des Moines Register in which he said he wouldn’t comply with a subpoena if it came.
After that Friday interview, Biden critics were quick to point out that the second article of impeachment against Trump concerned his defiance of congressional subpoenas — albeit on a broad and indiscriminate basis — but Biden says there’s no comparison between him and Trump.
“I want to clarify something I said yesterday,” Biden tweeted on Saturday. “In my 40 years in public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests.”
“But,” he continued, “I am just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial. That is the point I was making yesterday and I reiterate: this impeachment is about Trump’s conduct, not mine.”
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— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) December 28, 2019