Facing blowback, Biden clarifies stance on impeachment trial testimony
29 Dec 2019 — #Swamp
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Saturday said there would be “no legal basis” for Republicans to subpoena his testimony in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, clarifying remarks from Friday that drew criticism.
The former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate says he wouldn't comply with a Senate subpoena to testify at the impeachment trial because it would let Trump "off the hook" in a meeting with the Des Moines Register's editorial board on Dec. 27, 2019.
Biden Reverses Course: “I Would Obey Any Subpoena That Was Sent to Me” https://t.co/9ExtxCLoeW— Deep Clips (@DeepClips) December 29, 2019
I want to clarify something I said yesterday. 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.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 28, 2019
The subpoenas should go to witnesses with testimony to offer to Trump’s shaking down the Ukraine government — they should go to the White House.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 28, 2019
Maybe Biden’s testimony is completely irrelevant. There’s a good argument that it is irrelevant. So then he needs to challenge a subpoena (if he gets one) - “move to quash,” in legalese - and if the court agrees, he’s off the hook. A unilateral refusal is contrary to rule of law.— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) December 28, 2019
It seems like he thinks it's a "choice" and, for Democrats, it probably usually is.
Joe Biden stood by comments that he would not comply with a subpoena to testify at President Trump’s trial in the U.S. Senate. Biden argued that testifying would shift attention away from the president’s own actions. https://t.co/PZFF1UFoiq— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 28, 2019
Wait, so Biden blackmailed Ukraine because they were investigating his son for making millions of dollars for doing nothing after billions of dollars of US taxpayer money was being sent there, and the Democrats are impeaching Trump for asking about this?— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 29, 2019
Never forget that the real Quid Pro Quo happened on camera.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 29, 2019
Joe Biden: “I looked at them and said, ‘If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money"
Don’t stop Tweeting this until Election Day. pic.twitter.com/Yad3ivqc1k